Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award

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I was quite surprised at our school’s graduation ceremony this week when New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul unexpectedly presented me with the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award.

bths graduation 2016

The award was created by Governor Cuomo to recognize outstanding K-12 teachers across New York.  Teachers from all ten regions of the state will be honored, serving as teacher ambassadors for New York and receiving opportunities and support for continued professional growth.

It was especially meaningful for me to be recognized with our senior class at graduation, though I was definitely a bit stunned to find myself on stage in front of 5,000+ people at the Barclay’s Center!  I appreciate the indulgence of all the students, families, faculty, and guests, and a special thanks to Lt. Gov. Hochul, who made the trip from Buffalo to Brooklyn to personally present the award.

Lt. Gov. Hochul’s announcement of the award is here, and a short news article about the presentation can be found here.

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Shecky R · July 1, 2016 at 6:28 am

Well-earned! and nice finale to a school year.

    MrHonner · July 1, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Thanks, Shecky!

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