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KU Education Professor Named Emerging Leader by PDK International

October 9, 2013

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - George Sirrakos, an assistant professor of secondary education at Kutztown University, has been named a PDK Emerging Leader for his work in helping advance the belief that traditionally marginalized students can also be successful in science.  Sirrakos is one of twenty-five selected for this honor across the nation. 

"I focus on empowering educators to combat the idea that there is an intellectual deficiency between urban students and their suburban counterparts and to investigate current practices and trends in the science classroom that often label urban students as disinterested," said Sirrakos.  

Sirrakos is in his first year of teaching at Kutztown.  He was a science teacher at the Hudson High School of Learning Technologies in New York City prior to coming to KU.  He will be honored at a weekend event in Washington, D.C. in December.  

PDK International is an association that represents nearly 30,000 professionals in K-12 education across the United States.  For more information on PDK International visit or contact Melanie Keller at 812-269-6624 or