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Academy director named ‘Afterschool Champion’

Friday, February 20, 2015

Amy Bauschard, director of the Carpe Diem Academy operated by Mercyhurst University, has been named an “Afterschool Champion” by the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN).

Bauschard, who also oversees the Mercy Center of the Arts, was nominated and selected for her “exemplary commitment, dedication, and outstanding work in supporting meaningful, high-quality, afterschool programming for children and youth” in the Erie community.

“Amy is most deserving of this recognition. Exemplifying the first core value of Mercyhurst University — being socially merciful — Amy has worked tirelessly to create opportunities for the youngest of our city’s children,” said Leanne Roberts, Ph.D., associate dean of the Hafenmaier School of Education & Behavioral Sciences and chair of the education department. “She has set the highest standards for this model program, for the K-2 children who participate, and for our education majors and graduate students who teach at the Carpe Diem Academy.”

Bauschard has been invited to attend the PSAYDN annual meeting on Tuesday, March 3, in Harrisburg to accept her Afterschool Champion award.

Bauschard has taught in the education department at Mercyhurst University as an adjunct faculty member for over three years. She has more than a decade of teaching experience at the early childhood level, and she has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with both principal and reading specialist certifications.