Vickilyn Barnot, PhD, is Director of the Early Childhood/Elementary Education Program and teaches numerous courses in teacher education and general health science. She is the University coordinator of several field experience programs for Education students including, Read for LIFElong Learning, Lunch Buddies, First Base, and Happy Feet Healthy Hearts. She was awarded the 2010 President's Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service, the 2008 Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Award, the "Outstanding Leadership Award", by the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Organization in 2006, the "Outstanding Community Service Award" by Greensburg Salem School District in 2005 and the President's Award for Faculty Excellence at Pitt-Greensburg in 1998. Dr. Barnot is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, an associate member of the Contemporary Physics Education Project and her research interests focus on the effects of health risk behavior on academic achievement, values of school-based mentoring programs, and science by inquiry. Prior to teaching at Pitt-Greensburg, she was Department chair of Health/Fitness at the Community College of Allegheny County and has taught at all grade levels within the public schools.