Bethany Strasser

As she prepared for a career in education, Bethany Strasser heard all about the possible challenges she would face as a classroom teacher. Her first year on the job didn’t disappoint.
“The horror stories are true about first-year teachers,” said Strasser, a 2011 PSU graduate and engineering technology teacher at Ramay Junior High in Fayetteville, Ark.
Rather than back down from the challenges, however, Strasser faced them head-on.
“I had a lot of support from the faculty at Ramay and from my professors at Pitt,” she said. “The relationships I formed while in college allowed me to ask for help even though I had graduated.”
More than survive her first year as a full-time professional, Strasser excelled at high levels.
She was named the 2012 Outstanding New Engineering and Technology Education Teacher of the Year by the Arkansas Technology and Engineering Educators.
Her program at Ramay also received the 2012 Program Excellence Award from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association.