“I am surrounded by so many great educators here at Shaler Area, that I am honored to be recognized as a finalist in the entire state,” Mason says. Mason was nominated for the award and completed an extensive application to advance to the semifinalist round in February. All 12 finalists must prepare and submit for review a video of a lesson. The scores from the video and application packets will be combined to form a composite score. The Pennsylvania Department of Education will announce the 2018 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year during a special awards ceremony in December.