(Amityville, NY) In an effort to highlight educators who make a positive impact on their students, colleagues and community, Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory recently hosted his fourth annual Teacher Appreciation Awards Night.
Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory is joined by honorees of his annual Teacher Appreciation Awards Night on Wednesday, May 30 at the Suffolk County Legislature in Hauppauge. Photo Credit: Suffolk County.
Every day in schools across Suffolk County, teachers touch the lives of thousands of children. However, a teacher’s work and impact reach far beyond the walls of the classroom. From grading papers and preparing special activities, to meeting with parents and running after-school clubs, teachers spend countless hours outside of class ensuring their students’ success.
Presiding Officer Gregory believes that exceptional teachers should be recognized and encouraged, so near the end of every school year his office reaches out to schools in the 15th legislative district in search of these extraordinary educators. Administrators, faculty and staff are invited to nominate a colleague in their school district who they feel goes above and beyond what is required, is an inspiration to his/her peers, collaborates with colleagues to improve student achievement, inspires student lifelong learning, or is a master teacher and educational leader.
Educators from the Copiague, Amityville, Half Hollow Hills, West Babylon, North Babylon and Wyandanch school districts were honored at the event, receiving proclamations and words of praise from Presiding Officer Gregory.
“Suffolk county schools are well known for providing students with an exceptional education, and our quality teachers are the backbone of our school system,” said Presiding Officer Gregory. “Every one of us has a teacher who has touched our lives that we will never forget. Educators are unsung heroes, and it is very important that we take the opportunity to highlight the efforts of the many exceptional teachers who educate our children and make a positive impact on their lives. I applaud the efforts of all of the educators who were recognized.”