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One thing is clear, Bucks County has some very inspirational teachers that are dedicated to what they do and are proud of making a difference to students they teach in our community.

The ten finalists in our Teacher of the Year contest are comprised of teachers throughout the county, at all different grade levels. All ten finalists will be evaluated and judged to make the top three, with the big winner receiving the top prize of $2500 plus an additional $500 donated to their school.  The two runners-up will both receive $1000 and an additional $500 donated to each of their schools.

We are proud to introduce you to Bucks County’s first “Teacher of The Year” finalist, Patricia Wright from William Penn Middle School in Pennsbury School District.

This 22-year veteran has been teaching at William Penn for 19 years, where she currently teaches seventh grade math, Pre-Algebra and Algebra.

Patricia Wright is a 1994 graduate of Saint Joseph University where she received her teaching degree and Master’s in Coaching and Athletic Administration. Outside the classroom, she coaches track. Patricia’s love of tennis challenges her as she plays on several teams at the Pennsbury Racquet and Athletic Club.

Inspire recently asked Patricia her favorite thing about teaching and she said it had to be getting to know her students on a level beyond their curriculum. “I love to watch them grow in their math abilities, but it’s even a greater experience to see them flourish as truly wonderful individuals who have learned much more than how to graph linear equations.”

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to education the youth of Bucks County, Patricia!

Over the coming weeks, we will be spotlighting each of our ten finalists for “Teacher of the Year” on our blog and on our Facebook page.