The award is given to one area professional under 40 each year among nominees recognized for their contributions to their community through civic engagement, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
Staub was one of 11 nominees considered for the award this year. Nominations are made by members of the community and judged by professionals from outside the area.
Here is some of the information Staub included in her bio as part of the judging process:
Staub is a K-4 STEM Teacher and Technology Integrator with the Oil City Area School District. Her professional achievements include IU Professional Development on all STEM topics, Professional Book Study, Code.org seminars, Freedoms Foundation Summer Programs, and EVERFI Hockey Scholar Training. She has presented at the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference twice and was awarded a 2022 NASA SPARX Teacher Recognition.
She is involved in the National Association of the Education of Young Children, PBIS Team at Southside Schools, Teaching Next Generation Scientists Professional Learning Community, Intermediate Unit 6 Technology Integrators, and Pennsylvania Teachers Association and judging the Future Engineers program.
Outside the classroom, Staub has helped with Oil City Athletics in different capacities, teaches Kids in College, and organizes local Remake Learning Day. Over the years, her schedule has also included helping with "Get on the Trails" business contest and organizing a 200-mile fundraiser to raise money for local organizations and families in need.
She also stays busy by teaching yoga at Trailasana Yoga Studio; running Steph’s Silhouettes, a small self-run t-shirt and earring business; and opening Staub & Co. Succulents, a traveling greenhouse business.
The other 10 nominees were:
Becky Deeter, Ag Choice Farm Credit; Jessica Hilburn, Benson Memorial Library; Kieran Irwin, Bandit's Gambit; Jennifer Mosher-Johnson, Oil City Area School District; Will Price, United Way of Venango County; Aaron Ritsig, Northwest Commission PTAC; Andrew Ritsig, Bon Appetit at Grove City College; Ashley Smith, Venango County Planning Commission; Megan Weber, Komatsu Mining Corp.; and Devin Zagar, 7 Foot Productions.
More on the FLEXand their FLEX Presents event is available in our earlier News From You story.