Awards and Recognitions

The AIU is extremely proud of the accomplishments of its employees, programs and divisions.  Below are just a few of the recognitions and awards that our caring and compassionate staff have received in recent months.

Rita Havran

Lifetime Achievement Award - Rita Havran

Rita Havran is the recipient the AIU's Lifetime Achievement Award for her 51 years of dedication and service to the staff and children attending The Pathfinder School.

Maria Magnotta

2017 World of Gratitude Award - Maria Magnotta

Maria Magnotta is the recipient of the AIU's 2017 World of Gratitude Award.  This award is presented to a K-12 ESL professional who serves children from all over the world with excellence.

Susan Magill

2017 Helping Hands Award - Susan Magill

Susan Magill is the recipient of the AIU's 2017 Helping Hands Award.  Presented annually to a support employee, this award honors those who go beyond their required duties to meet the needs of students and families.

Lynn Langford

John Rieg

2017 Award of Excellence - Lynn Langford and John Rieg

Lynn Langford and John Rieg are the co-recipients of the AIU's 2017 Award of Excellence.  This award honors staff members who display leadership and excellence within the Alternative Education Program.

Amy Renegar

2017 Apple Award - Amy Renegar

Amy Renegar is the recipient of the AIU's 2017 Apple Award.  The Apple Award recognizes the AIU's Non-Public Schools Program professionals who provide exemplary support for the schools, teachers, students and families they serve.

Sandy McDade

2017 Annie Sullivan Award - Sandy McDade

Sandy McDade is the recipient of the AIU's 2017 Annie Sullivan Award.  Named for Helen Keller's teacher, the award is presented annually to a special education professional in the AIU's Special Education Department.

Janet Breiding

Janet Breiding Receives PSEA's Friends of Education Award

Congratulations to Janet Preiding, assistant director of human resources, who received the PSEA Friends of Education Award.  The award salutes those who are partners in public education and who serve to strengthen the relationships with school districts and employees.


Congratulations to the AIU’s Alternative Education Program!

Congratulations to all of the staff of the AIU’s Alternative Education Program (AEP) which has been recognized by Allegheny County Juvenile Probation for outstanding service to the Commonwealth’s juvenile justice system. The program operates classrooms in four locations, including the Shuman Center, and collaborates with Allegheny County in the Focus on Attendance Partnership. Congratulations, AEP!


Sonya Chambers chosen as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s 2016 Women of Excellence

Congratulations to Head Start family advocate Sonya Chambers for being chosen as one the of New Pittsburgh Courier’s 2016 Women of Excellence. The award recognizes some of Pittsburgh’s most influential African-American women, many of whom are unsung heroes in their communities. Congratulations, Soyna!


Jon Amelio

AIU’s Jon Amelio Named as One of 2016 Pittsburgh Smart 50 Award Winners

Jon Amelio, has been selected by Smart Business Magazine as one of the 2016 Pittsburgh Smart 50 Award winners. Presented by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., the Smart 50 Awards recognize the top executives of the smartest 50 companies in the Pittsburgh region for their ability to effectively build and lead savvy organizations. While the award winners represent a diverse group of business and industries, the AIU is the only public education entity to have representation in the honoree lineup.

AIU Suicide Prevention

AIU Receives Recognition for Exemplifying Suicide Prevention Education Excellence

The AIU is pleased to announce its receipt of the 2016 Educator Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The award was received at the Annual “Out of the Darkness Walk” for Suicide Prevention on Saturday, August 27, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Western PA Chapter. The AIU, and members of its pupil personnel staff, Alicia Chico, Natalie Melnik and Jamie Moder, were honored for exemplifying suicide prevention education excellence and for their outstanding achievements and work. Representatives of Intermediate Unit 1, which serves Fayette, Green and Washington counties, were also honored.






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