PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Katherine “K.D.” (Doyle) Meucci, Edgewood High School Class of 2000, was named a 2020 All-Star Teacher by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
An Ashtabula native, Meucci teaches fourth grade at Franklin Elementary School in the Bethel Park School District. She is one of 18 Pittsburgh area teachers to be selected for this honor, according to a press release from the school district.
As an All-Star Teacher, Meucci will receive a certificate; a $100 Visa gift card; a VIP Day at PNC Park, including on-field recognition before a Pittsburgh Pirates game, and $1,000 for use in her classroom from Pirates Charities, the Grable Foundation and Chevron.
She was informed of her selection via a videoconference call with members of the Pirates front office, the Grable Foundation, Bethel Park administration and her students.
Meucci said the announcement came as a surprise because she thought the call was to hear from her students about how their school year was going with the closure of school because of the coronavirus pandemic. Normally teachers selected for this honor would be notified via a surprise school assembly.
“I’m humbled and honored to have been selected as an All Star Teacher,” Meucci said. “I can’t believe the effort it took to put together the conference call that included my students. It made me feel so loved and appreciated.”
Meucci was nominated for this honor by Franklin Principal Teresa Doumont, who described how Meucci uses technology in her classroom to make learning fun and innovative for her students, and how Meucci stresses the importance of continuous learning to her students.
In 2017, Meucci was named in the top 12 teachers for Pennsylvania’s Teacher of Year. Her mother, Katherine Doyle, taught at Ridgeview Elementary School in Ashtabula Township for 35 years.
Meucci said it wasn’t until her first year in college at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania that she realized what her mother really did as a teacher.
“I went home for Christmas break and ran into several people who had my mother as a teacher,” she said. “They all wanted me to say hello for them and continued to tell me how my mother was their favorite teacher and had really made such a difference in their lives. It wasn’t until that time when I realized my mother was doing more than just teaching lessons, she was growing children.”