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Felix Yerace: A Leader’s Journey to Inspire

If you know Felix Yerace, you’re aware of his unwavering dedication to developing leaders at South Fayette Township School District in McDonald, PA. In a recent workshop, he shared that his personal interests align seamlessly with his profession, as he genuinely loves working with students and devotes most of his spare time to nurturing future leaders. Currently pursuing his Certified Master’s endorsement through Wiley Publishing, he aims to continue his influence for years to come.

Felix’s commitment recently earned him the prestigious 2023 National Earl Reum Award, recognizing his inspiring contributions to student leadership. Notably, Felix is only the second person from Pennsylvania to receive this distinction.

The Earl Reum Award underscores Felix’s efforts in promoting leadership development locally, statewide, and nationally. He collaborated with the University of Pittsburgh to establish a College in High School leadership class, now available in 12 high schools statewide. In November, Felix led students to the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Lead Conference, conducting a workshop on The Leadership Challenge © Model.

Dr. Yerace joined South Fayette High School in 2005, teaching leadership and positive psychology courses, and serving as co-advisor to the Student Government, Interact Club, and SF BeWell. He coordinated the annual Washington, DC trip and founded the highly successful MiniTHON, raising over $1.4 million for Four Diamonds to combat pediatric cancer in the past decade. Additionally, he initiated the Homecoming Carnival, Glow Run, and the student representative program on the South Fayette School Board.

Felix received the Earl Reum Award in early December at the 2023 National Conference on Student Activities in San Francisco, California.

Adapted from the South Fayette School District News Article found here.


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