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Bishop McCort High School history teacher Fran Pozun (far left) teaches a class while students (left to right) Nolan, DoFrancesco, Rachelle Vautar, Elaina Pappas and Karla Berkbile hold an illustration. Photo by Todd Bereky/ The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, PA.

BY COLLEEN FREYVOGEL

TRIBDEM@TRIBDEM.COM

Fran Pozun not only teaches history, she creates it.

Last summer, about 50 area students traveled with Pozun, a history teacher at Bishop McCort High School, Johnstown, and other Education First members to Italy. Education First is a national group of educators that provides tours for students to Europe.

Pozun and other educators took students to the Vatican and other mainstays during the trip.

Pozun also is a member of McCort’s Student Assistance Team.

“Not only does the Student Assistance Team refer students who are in need of guidance, we also take some positive steps at Bishop McCort,” she said.

Students are recognized for volunteering and community pride.

Ken Salem, Bishop McCort’s principal, said Pozun’s excitement about teaching is contagious.

“Mrs. Pozun is completely involved in the school community,” he said. “She advises a number of clubs and activities and she is always available for the kids.”

Pozun’s high expectations keep students focused on their education, Salem said.

“She’s completely dedicated to education,” he said. “She has a special calling to help the students.”

Rachel Chalich, a junior from East Conemaugh, agreed.

“She just really cares,” Chalich said. “She goes out of her way to help us.”

Chalich is a member of Scholastic Quiz, a club Pozun advises.

Pozun describes Scholastic Quiz as a current-events competition. Students form teams and compete against teams from neighboring school districts.

Pozun said she uses trivia books and current events to prepare students.

“I’m amazed at the knowledge the kids have,” she said. Especially at Trivial Pursuit.”

“She helps prepare us through practices,” Chalich said. “She evaluates our team and our weaknesses.”

Pozun has been at Bishop McCort for 20 years.

“I love teaching history and combine that with teenagers,” she said.

“They are a great bunch of kids.”

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