Mika Long has worn many .hats. during a .rewarding. 38-year teaching career in the Elizabeth
Forward School District which will end at the current school year with her retirement.
This service began in the fall of 1976 as a half day Title I tutor at the high school. Her classroom
was nicknamed .The Reading Room., a place where students could get help with reading skills and
homework. She was hired full time in 1979 as reading specialist at the high school, teaching Title I
Reading-Study Skills and SAT Preparation.
In 1982, Long first entered the technology world when her teaching assignment was changed to half
day high school Reading and half day elementary Computer Literacy for fifth and sixth graders. Working
with the high school computer teacher, Barb Walton, and the middle school computer teacher, Maryann
Kantorczyk, they began creating an advanced technology program for all grade levels in the EFSD.
Radio Shack TRS 80 computers and Apple IIe workstations were her first equipment. Today as an
elementary technology integrator, she uses iPads and iPods.
Long has taught everything about technology from the basics of what the different parts of the computer
do to assisting teachers in implementing technology as part of their curriculum. She always embraced the
quick pace at which technology grows and changes and has sought out ways to improve instruction so
that EF students would have an advantage as they pursue their futures. She has employed a .hands on.
approach preparing her elementary students with the necessary technology skills for success in the ever
While at EFHS, Long sponsored the National Honor Society and SADD. She was an assistant track and
field coach with Sandy Hearn and then later with George Lammay. Long was a member of the original
planning committee for the Senior Citizen Holiday Breakfast at the high school. Over the years, she has
served on numerous Long Range Planning committees, the Curriculum Council and Safety, Grading and
Technology policy committees. She currently is a member of EFSD Safety Committee. She also has
taken an active role as a staff trainer, conducting technology workshops during in-service days and after
Long has been recognized by the local and state community of educators for her work. She was chosen
for the Pennsylvania Teacher Visitation . Goodwill Ambassador Program. in the the 1990s. In 2009, she
was one of 25 employees receiving one of the .Making a Difference Awards. for making a difference in
EFSD. The PA Department of Education recognized her as Keystone Technology Integrator as a teacher
who focuses on student learning and uses technology as a tool to support this end. She was selected as
the Elizabeth Forward Warrior Teacher for the 2011-12 school year.
Giving back to the Elizabeth Forward community is very important to her. One of her favorite roles
has been teaching the evening Elizabeth Forward Adult Education classes. She is an active member
of the Bunola Church of the Nazarene, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the Elizabeth
Forward Alumni & Friends Association, the Woman.s Club of Elizabeth, the Twentieth Century Club
of McKeesport and the Elizabeth Township Historical Society where she is involved with fundraising to
save, preserve and restore the Greenock Log House. In her spare time, she volunteers at Womansplace
A member of the EFAFA.s board, Long chaired the group.s .Entering Warrior Country. banner project.
She and her husband, Bob, sponsor a scholarship, part of program administered by the EFAFA, which is
given annually to an EFHS senior who will attend Penn State University.
The daughter of the late Donald and Ruth Smith Kvocka, she grew up on a farm near William Penn
Elementary School in Forward Township. Her brother, Danny, still lives on the family homestead. Long
graduated from EF in 1971. She attended Allegheny Community College.s South Campus and graduated
from California University of Pennsylvania in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary
education. She is married to Robert Long, also EF .71. They have one son, Robert Tyler, EF .06
and Penn State.10 graduate, who is a metallurgical engineer with U.S. Steel. The Longs reside in Mt.