Mike Elder, a long-time Pittsburg High School automotive technology teacher, has been selected as the first Valvoline ASE Teacher of the Year. The award was established in 2010 to honor the top ASE certified teachers in the U.S.

Elder received a bachelor of science degree from PSU in 1980 and a master of science degree from PSU in 1982.

Elder, who has previously taught at PSU as an adjunct, began teaching full-time at PSU this fall.