Angela Girol has been a leader in implementing innovative learning opportunities for young students since coming to Elizabeth Forward 15 years ago and recently received national recognition for her work in redefining traditional classroom activities
Her career at EF as a second grade teacher began in 2007. Prior to that, she was a first-grade teacher at The Campus School of Carlow University for eight years.
Throughout her time at EF, Girol has worked with Dr. Nesra Yannier (Founder and CEO, Norilla) of Carnegie-Mellon University to develop curriculum for the Norilla (Novel Research-based Intelligent Lifelong Learning Apparatus) mixed-reality system and to implement the adoption of this technology to promote STEM learning.
Girol was instrumental in the district's implementation of Canvas in 2019 and has worked to support teachers new to the platform at EF and neighboring school districts as well. She also has worked using the Badge component within the Canvas LMS (learning management system to create badges tied to the second-grade math standards and utilize pathways to show students their progression learning.
Most recently, she worked as a fully remote teacher juggling 75 second grade students spread across three elementary schools in the district.
The highlight of her education career was being honored as the Instructure Educator of the Year in 2021 by Canvas LMS for her work in redefining traditional classroom activities to help students meet their academic goals, supporting inclusion for at-risk populations and sparking curiosity both in and out of the classroom. Only six educators were tapped for this special recognition - one elementary (Girol), one middle school, one high school and three in higher education.
Girol was born in in Derry, PA, to Edward "Sonny" and Sandra "Sandi" Sherba. An only child, she was a first-generation college student. She graduated with a Bachelor of English degree from St. Vincent College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Chatham College.
An avid runner, Girol has been a Kids of Steel coach at Central Elementary for several years, encouraging students to try running and to participate in the Pittsburgh Kids Marathon (a one-mile fun race) each spring.
Girol and her husband, Duane, have three children - Sophia, Anthony and Gianna who are attending Penn State University.