We are excited to welcome Mrs. Stephany Lang to the A.W. Beattie family!
Mrs. Lang is an instructional assistant in the career center’s three-year old Sports Medicine program. She has three children who attend Shaler Area School District.
“I have always loved teaching,” Mrs. Lang said. “I always leaned toward teaching and education no matter what field I was in.”
Mrs. Lang earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training at Pitt and a Master’s degree in Education at the University of Cincinnati. She has 20 years of experience in the private sector and 8 years of experience in education, including time as a substitute teacher at North Allegheny School District, working with athletes at Carnegie Mellon University and with performers at Point Park University.
“I’m excited to be at Beattie,” Mrs. Lang said. “I wasn’t quite sure at first about being in the Veterinary Sciences hallway, but I quickly learned I love having the dogs as neighbors. I also love teaching. I love that I have the opportunity to do that here. It’s only been a few days, but it already feels like a perfect fit.”
Mrs. Lang will work with Mr. Vtipil to lead the growing Sports Medicine program.
“Having Mrs. Lang here is a real asset to the Sports Medicine program,” Mr. Vtipil said. “Students will now be able to not only draw from our combined experience in rehabilitation and sports medicine, but also have more time for instruction and practice within a typical day at Beattie.”
Mr. Vtipil and Mrs. Lang said the best part about teaching students is seeing them take the initiative to pursue their passion before they graduate high school.
“There are so many high school students here that would not get the opportunities they’re having now if not for the Sports Medicine program,” Mrs. Lang said. “When they go on to college they’ll be so far ahead of the typical freshman and sophomore, because of their background. You’ll see the anatomy work that you’d usually get in a typical high school setting for first-year students, but when you move into the second and third year is where you see a big jump in (curriculum) typically not offered in a high school setting.”