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Pictured from left: Chevron representatives Adam Randall and Lee Ann Wainwright, Cassie Cox, Alan Cox (Cassie’s husband) and SMS Principal Jason Marling.

In its second season of presenting the award, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chevron, with support from The Grable Foundation and Intermediate Units 1 & 3, have announced a Sherrard Middle School teacher has been chosen as a Leaders in the Classroom recipient.

Science teacher Cassie Cox was chosen for the award based on her hunger to teach students.  Her passion for science can be seen by anyone who enters her classroom. Even though Cox has been teaching for 38 years, she still stays innovative in her teaching style.

Cox’s curriculum is challenging, yet inspiring.   She recognizes all learners are individuals and learn in unique ways.  Many of Cox’s lessons, such as dissection, have influenced some of her students to pursue a career as a doctor or veterinarian.  Cox believes in rewarding her students for their accomplishments.

Sherrard Middle School Principal Jason Marling nominated Cox for the award.  “She is worldly,” said Marling.  “From organizing the school’s Science Fair, to planning science field trips, to expanding the students’ knowledge in her daily lessons, Mrs. Cox has been providing students with a strong foundation in science over a long and distinguished career. She has a wealth of experience in the classroom combined with the energy of a teacher fresh out of college.”

Chevron representatives along with school officials and students surprised Cox during lunch on Wednesday. During the “ambush” she was presented a check for $1,000 to purchase classroom materials to support her unique approach to student learning.  A Pittsburgh Steelers jersey, with Cox’s name embroidered on the back, was also presented.

Cox, West Virginia’s only recipient, will be honored with 15 other Leaders in the Classroom award winners from western Pennsylvania during a pre-game ceremony at Heinz Field when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the New England Patriots on Sunday, December 17, 2017.

The Leaders in the Classroom program is part of the Appalachia Partnership Initiative, a $20 million social investment launched by Chevron in 2014. API is dedicated to preparing students and adult learners with the problem-solving and advanced technical skills required for careers in energy and advanced manufacturing.