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Teacher of the Week
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TCT recognizes the outstanding efforts of Educators in our Communities

Teachers and education professionals strengthen communities by making a difference in the lives of our children. Congratulations to all our local educators for their dedication to our children. We would like to specially congratulate the following TCT Member Groups who were recently named a Top School in the Nation by U.S. News and World Report: Glens Falls Senior High School, Greenwich Jr./Sr. High School, Hoosick Falls Jr./Sr. High School, and Salem High School. 

Nominate a Special School Employee

Every week during the school year we honor local educators and school employees for their outstanding efforts based on your nominations. We deliver a special plaque and prizes to each winner during the school year. Teachers, classroom aides, assistants, administration staff, janitors, nurses, bus drivers — all school employees are eligible to win!

If you know of a school employee who does an extraordinary job and goes above and beyond for you or your child then we want to hear about it. 

Email your nominations to


2017 – 2018 School Year Awarded Teachers


Teacher of the Year — Mrs. Chrissy Starks, Mechanicville Elementary School

“In nominating a Teacher of the Week, I think of what they teach our children each day, how they keep them safe, and most importantly— how they treat them. Mrs. Starks is fantastic with all her students and has especially helped one student this year facing a medical issue. This student uses a wheelchair to get around and Mrs. Starks has gone out of her way to make that student feel welcomed and included in all classroom and recess activities. Mrs. Starks demonstrates kindness and compassion every single day and instills in her students’ a love of learning. There are many teachers who do amazing things, but Mrs. Starks has shown that a lot of little things can make little boys’ and girls’ hearts fill with happiness, and that should not go unnoticed. Thanks to Mrs. Chrissy Starks from Mechanicville Elementary School for all that she does.” View Photo

June 4 — Ms. Margot Hens, 2nd Grade Teacher at Bolton Central School

Ms. Hens encourages all of her students to have healthy minds and bodies. She allows her students to do stretch exercises in the morning to get them ready for learning throughout the day. Ms. Hens does a great job in teaching countless life lessons to her students during the school year and students find her classroom a fun and exciting place to learn. Thanks to Ms. Margot Hens at the Bolton Central Schools for all that she does! View Photo

May 28 — Ms. Jenn Armstrong, Latin Teacher at Shenendehowah High School West

Ms. Armstrong is known to arrive at school early each day and stay late. She is dedicated to her work and all of her pupils, going above and beyond to help them succeed. Ms. Armstrong is also always willing to help a colleague with a lesson or idea. Recently she helped to fundraise for a family who lost a loved one and her continuously positive attitude makes her an important member at the Shenendehowa High School West. View Photo

May 21 — Mr. Jim Woodard, Business Teacher at the South Glens Falls High School

Mr. Woodard inspires his students to achieve the goals they set for themselves. He does a good job explaining to his students how the real world works outside of school and the best ways to succeed when they eventually start their career. Mr. Woodard makes learning fun and his style of teaching makes it easy for his students to do well on their tests. This year, Mr. Woodard has even inspired one of his students to go to college to become a Business Teacher. Congratulations to Mr. Jim Woodard at the South Glens Falls High School! View Photo

May 14 —  Mrs. Sarah Hay, Kindergarten Teacher at Tanglewood Elementary School in South Glens Falls

Mrs. Hay’s students think she is the best teacher, helping them learn and always being patient. Mrs. Hay dresses up on special days and makes learning fun every day. She makes her students science bags with lots of experiments in them so they can do them at home. Thanks to Mrs. Sarah Hay at the Tanglewood Elementary School for all she does for her students! View Photo

May 7 — Mrs. Kerry Babson, 4th-grade Teacher at the Hartford Elementary School

Recently a young student from Hartford had major back surgery and Mrs. Babson went to the student’s home and did his tutoring for 6 weeks while he was recovering. Many nights, Mrs. Babson was there for over two hours after her already long school day. She was friendly and compassionate to the student’s needs. Mrs. Babson made learning fun and educational during the time she spent with him. Thanks again to Mrs. Kerry Babson at the Hartford Elementary School. View Photo

April 30 — Mr. Adam Burr, Physical Education Teacher at the Cambridge Central School

Mr. Burr tries to show his students they can be and do anything as long as they work hard at it. He is a graduate of Cambridge Central School and always wanted to come back to the school and help make a difference. Mr. Burr is also an Assistant Football Coach and Track Coach. Thanks to Mr. Adam Burr at the Cambridge Central Schools for helping all of his students! View Photo

April 23 — Mrs. Jeanine Reppenhagen, Kindergarten Teacher at the Queensbury Elementary School

Mrs. Reppenhagen is terrific in caring for her students and communication with their parents. Recently she helped one of her students who was having a difficult time transitioning back from spring break. Mrs. Reppenhagen met the student in the lobby and walked him down to class…and she sent several messages to the parents that day in regard to how their child was adjusting. Those extra efforts by Mrs. Jeanine Reppenhagen at Queensbury Elementary School are so appreciated. View Photo

April 16 — Ms. Kerri Ketcham, 9th-grade English Teacher at the South Glens Falls High School

Ms. Ketcham challenges her students to read more often and write freely without hesitation to improve their writing skills. She is the type of teacher who encourages her students to read a lot about current issues and discusses those issues to make class interesting. Ms. Ketcham has made English Class a place where students enjoy learning and look forward to going to class every day. Thanks to Ms. Kerri Ketcham for all she does at the South Glens Falls High School. View Photo

April 9 — Ms. Meghan Bristol, Art Teacher at the Oliver W. Winch Middle School in South Glens Falls

Ms. Bristol is loved by her students for all the help she gives them on their artwork. She often invites her students to eat their lunch with her and always makes those lunches special on the student’s birthdays. Ms. Bristol is a positive role model for her students and they appreciate having her as a teacher. Thanks to Ms. Meghan Bristol at the Oliver W. Winch Middle School for all that she does! View Photo

April 2 —  Mrs. Bree Horton, First Grade Teacher at Argyle Elementary School

Mrs. Horton is a caring and creative teacher.  She gets her students involved and learning before they even realize it! Mrs. Horton makes learning fun and makes sure that all of her students are at the level they should be. Mrs. Horton started up an after-school reading program to improve the reading skills of the students at Argyle Elementary School. Thanks to Mrs. Bree Horton for all of her extra efforts!  View Photo

March 26 — Mrs. Meg Hunt, Social Studies Teacher at St. Mary's—St. Alphonsus Regional Catholic School

Mrs. Hunt also teaches religious studies at SMSA and always encourages her students to treat others in a kind way. She brightens up her students’ day with funny jokes and a positive attitude. Many of her students consider Mrs. Hunt their best teacher ever. Thanks to Mrs. Meg Hunt for all her extra efforts at the St. Mary’s–St. Alphonsus Regional Catholic School in Glens Falls! View Photo

March 19 — Mrs. Chrissy Starks, First Grade Teacher at Mechanicville Elementary School

Mrs. Starks is fantastic with all her students and has especially helped-out one of her students this year facing a medical issue. Even though this student uses a wheelchair to get around, Mrs. Starks has gone out of her way to make that student feel welcomed and included in all classroom and recess activities. Mrs. Starks is an awesome role model for all her students and is changing students’ lives every day for the better.  View Photo

March 12 — Mrs. Christine Sullivan, Third Grade Teacher at Warrensburg Elementary School

Mrs. Sullivan goes out of her way to stay in communication with the parents of her students. She makes her students feel safe in a bully-free environment. Mrs. Sullivan knows it’s important to have her students look forward to each school day and she works towards that goal. If they look forward to school, they learn much more each day. Mrs. Sullivan is an exceptional educator and Warrensburg Elementary School is happy to have her win the teacher of the week. View Photo

March 5 — Mrs. Melissa Moynihan, Third Grade Teacher at Big Cross Elementary

Mrs. Moynihan has created a special close relationship with her students and their families. She goes out of her way to check on her students when they are out sick. And earlier this school year right before Christmas break when the school closed due to bad weather, Mrs. Moynihan drove to school and called each one of her students to wish them a nice holiday. Thanks to Mrs. Melissa Moynihan at the Big Cross Elementary School for all that she does! View Photo

February 26 — Mrs. Rachael Osinski, First Grade Teacher at Wood Road Elementary

Mrs. Osinski spends countless hours of her own time reinventing her lessons to be the best possible teacher for her students. She helps her students realize their full potential, build friendships and reach new levels of academic achievement. Mrs. Osinski is an extremely hard working, kind and caring educator who is making a big difference in the lives of her students. Thanks for all you do Mrs. Rachael Osinski at the Wood Road Elementary School!  View Photo

February 19 — Mrs. Dianne Petteys, Kindergarten Teacher at Ballard Elementary

Mrs. Petteys makes sure that every child in her class has exactly what they need to make learning fun and engaging. When you see Mrs. Petteys interacting with her students, you can tell she gives them 100% of her attention. She always welcomes her students with open arms and a warm smile. Thank you Mrs. Dianne Petteys, at the Ballard  Elementary School for all you do! View Photo

February 12 — Mr. Thomas Vartuli, Physics Teacher at the Hudson Falls High School

Not only is Mr. Vartuli an exceptional Physics Teacher, but he also coaches J.V. Basketball and instituted the science research class for Hudson Falls. He offers much of his free time before, during and after school for his students to receive extra help. Often, he continues to work from home finding helpful articles related to his students’ research. In addition to his academic contributions at Hudson Falls High School, Mr. Vartuli has a wonderful sense of humor that helps to make his classroom a fun learning environment! View Photo

February 5 — Mr. PJ Motsiff, Kindergarten Teacher at the Kensington Road Elementary School in Glens Falls

Mr. Motsiff comes up with so many great ideas and fun projects for his students. His teaching style is so good that the kids don’t even realize how quickly their skills are progressing. Mr. Motsiff is the perfect teacher to have at the start of a child’s educational experience. Thanks to Mr. PJ Motsiff at the Kensington Road Elementary School for all he does! View Photo

January 29 — Mrs. Katie Bardin, 7th grade ELA teacher the Corinth Middle School

Mrs. Bardin has a passion for teaching English and it shows in her class every day. She is willing to do whatever is necessary to engage her students, from helping them structuring a sentence to appreciating poetry. Mrs. Bardin goes above and beyond to help students not only feel successful but be successful. Thanks to Mrs. Katie Bardin for all she does at the Corinth Middle School! View Photo

January 22 — Mrs. Cindy Benson, who works in the cafeteria at Fort Edward School

This week’s Teacher of the Week is not actually a teacher, but a very important member of the Fort Edward School’s Staff. Congratulations to Mrs. Cindy Benson, who works in the cafeteria at Fort Edward School. Mrs. Benson has been working at the school for over 30 years, and she has been a positive influence on a generation of students. She is kind, compassionate, caring and through the great work that she does, is an inspiration to both students and co-workers at Fort Edward School. Again congratulations to Mrs. Cindy Benson from the cafeteria staff in Fort Edward! View Photo

January 15 — Mrs. Barbie Eichorst, Special Education Teacher at the Hadley-Luzerne High School

Mrs. Eichorst’s care for her students doesn’t stop at the end of the school day…she is incredibly involved in providing students with the very best care possible and goes above and beyond to include parents in what is going on with their child at school. She facilitates additional help for her students when needed and is a true asset to the Hadley-Luzerne school community. Thanks to Mrs. Barbie Eichorst for all she does! View Photo

January 8 — Mr. Jerry Hicks, 6th Grade Math Teacher at the Queensbury Middle School

Mr. Hicks’ sense of humor that makes him a great teacher. Middle school math can be a big jump for a lot of students, he always encourages his students to do their best and is always there to share a laugh or a funny joke. Mr. Hicks’ rapport and interaction with his students is excellent and that helps bring out the best in them. Congratulations again to Mr. Jerry Hicks from the Queensbury Middle School! View Photo

January 2 — Ms. Rebecca Harke, 6th-grade Teacher at the Hartford Central School

Ms. Harke is great at encouraging her students to do their best and communicating with parents and families. She takes the time to attend her students outside activities such as dance recitals, sporting events, plays and she chaperones many of the extracurricular events at Hartford Central Schools. Ms. Harke encourages academic and personal moral growth with her students and the entire school community is proud that she is this week’s Teacher of the Week.  View Photo

December 25 — Mr. Michael Therio, High School Guidance Counselor at the North Warren Central Schools in Chestertown

Recently a family had to unexpectedly move to the Chestertown area from another state. Mr. Therio was instrumental in helping the students in that family settle into their new school with extra attention, emotional support, and guidance. He helped to make sure their transition went as smoothly as possible. Special thanks to Mr. Therio, Guidance Counselor at North Warren Central Schools for all his help in welcoming a new family into the school community! View Photo

December 18 — Mrs. Brenda Lee Saunders, Business Teacher at the Greenwich Junior-Senior High School

Not only does Mrs. Saunders juggle a variety of classes including Business Law and a SUNY Adirondack Business Class… she also is the advisor to the Greenwich High School Mock Trial Team and runs the school’s internship program. She is a dedicated, humorous and compassionate teacher and is a role model for all of her students! Thanks to Mrs. Saunders for all that she does at Greenwich Junior–Senior High School! View Photo

December 11 — Mrs. Catherine Dutcher, 8th Grade Special Education Teacher at the Hudson Falls Middle School

Mrs. Dutcher is a great teacher for many reasons. She is always there to listen to her students' problems and helps by providing useful answers. When her students have trouble with their work, she modifies the material so they more clearly understand it. At times she allows her students to listen to music while they work to help them focus and recently when her students worked hard in E-L-A class, she made them some tasty chocolate chip cookies. Thank you, Mrs. Dutcher, for being awesome! View Photo

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