Above and Beyond

Mt. Lebanon Magazine photographer Ken Lager received an honorable mention in the American Society of Media Photographers Best of 2020 contest. Lager received the award for his photograph Firefighter Climbs Ladder in Smoke.

Janeen Peretin, Lakemont Drive, was selected as the Technology Administrator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Education Technology Expo and Conference. Peretin is the director of communication, innovation and advancement in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District.

Dr. Janet Peretin

The Pennsylvania Education Technology Expo and Conference’s goal is to bring together like-minded technology administrators and educators from across the state to learn from leading experts in the education and technology fields.

Peretin was instrumental in Baldwin-Whitehall’s acceptance into the Digital Promise’s League of Innovative Schools. During the pandemic, Peretin helped the district excel as it reimagined learning and shifted to online and hybrid instruction, staff said.

Peretin is known in the district for putting students first. “She’s the type of leader who never seeks the attention associated with the levels of success that she has not only achieved for herself, but more importantly, for the colleagues, students, and families whom she serves,” Baldwin High School Principal Shaun Tomaszewski said.

Peretin has big goals for the future of technology in Baldwin-Whitehall.

“I think we are at an inflection point in education and I’m excited for what the future might be,” she said.


Mark Bender, graphic artist and assistant professor in graphic design at Chatham University, was recognized by the New York Society of Illustrators Annual Competition for his design of Mt. Lebanon Magazine’s December 2020 cover. His illustration was selected as one of the best images in editorial illustration internationally for 2020.