09/14/2015 (P1765)

Brachbill Named APS Director of Education

The American Philatelic Society has hired Cathy Brachbill, Ph.D., as its director of education. Brachbill, who has a long career in education, will start her new duties September 29 at the society’s headquarters in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

Brachbill will manage the society’s many educational programs, including the national Stamps Teach classroom education program; in-person, online, and stamp show programs for children and adults; and the society’s popular Summer Seminar for collectors.

Brachbill is from the Bellefonte area and previously worked for the Bellefonte Area School District, serving in positions ranging from classroom teacher for 20-plus years to director of curriculum and instruction for nine years before retiring three years ago. She is currently a training consultant for McGraw-Hill Education.

“We had some incredibly talented applicants apply, making this decision very tough,” said Scott English, Executive Director for the APS. “Given the experience Cathy has had in educating both young learners and adults, we saw someone who could really make an impact with collectors young and old, new and experienced. We’re incredibly fortunate that Cathy has lived and worked in Bellefonte for most of her life and will help us build great partnerships here in Centre County. We are honored to have her join the team.”

Brachbill’s background covers a range from elementary and secondary education for K-12 students, classroom teaching for college-level students, professional development of classroom teachers to administration, budgeting, and management. She received her master’s and doctorate degrees from Penn State University.

“I look forward to working with the staff, volunteers, and members of the American Philatelic Society to enhance current Educational Services and reimagine others while continuing to serve the APS membership with a high level of quality,” said Brachbill.             

Brachbill’s duties also will include working as an APS liaison to groups such as the U.S. Postal Service and National Postal Museum, to oversee the Young Philatelic Leaders Fellowship program, manage the APS audiovisual program service, and to manage and enhance the APS mentor service.
Brachbill will work with Janet Houser, youth director and assistant to the education director.
Brachbill will have an official e-mail address of cbrachbill@stamps.org. Her phone number will be 814-933-3803, ext. 239.

With nearly 31,000 members in more than 110 countries, the APS is the largest, non-profit organization for stamp collectors in the world, promoting the hobby for collectors of all ages. Founded in 1886, the APS serves collectors, educators, postal historians, and the general public by providing a variety of programs and services. The society is entirely supported by membership dues, gifts, and the sale of publications, souvenirs, and services.