Teacher Named Among Best in Pittsburgh Area

Fox Chapel Area School District teacher Scott Vensel has been selected as an education leader. Vensel was recently named to the Pittsburgh-based The Incline’s “Who’s Next: Education” class featuring 18 young educators under 40 preparing Pittsburgh for the future. According to The Incline website, the list includes “stellar under-40 teachers, administrators and innovators in and around Pittsburgh who are making a difference and changing the education landscape.” Vensel is currently an eighth grade English Language Arts teacher at Dorseyville Middle School where he has taught since 2007.

According to an article on The Incline’s website, “His nominator praised him for coordinating the school’s multimedia Holocaust education assembly and for ‘constantly creating innovative and interactive ways to teach his students.’” Vensel is also a football and track coach at Dorseyville Middle School.

“My goal is to help students find a balance between the expectations of the 21st century workforce, while not neglecting the human element of the humanities,” Vensel said in the article that appeared online. “Also, teaching eighth graders, I find it important to create an atmosphere of expectations and experiences in the classroom that foster growth of responsibility, self-reliance, and confidence.”

Vensel will be recognized with the other educators featured on the list July 26, 2017, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Ascender on Penn Avenue in East Liberty.

The Incline’s “Who’s Next” series highlights some of the most dynamic people under 40 shaping Pittsburgh every day. The goal is to identify and track the next generation of leaders and influencers. The Incline, established in September 2016, is a mobile-first site connecting readers with relevant news about Pittsburgh and driving civic engagement through events.

The under-40 leaders in the community series is presented by S&T Bank.