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. Every week during the school year we honor local educators and school employees for their outstanding efforts thanks to your nominations. One recipient is selected each Monday morning and announced on-air. 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, we want to hear about it.
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The award includes a plaque from Adirondack School Portraits in Glens Falls, flowers from A Lasting Impression Florist in Queensbury, a gift certificate to Adirondack Winery in Lake George, gift cards from Davidson Brothers restaurant, Garcia Plastic and Hand Surgery in Glens Falls, Hair Creations Salon, and the Southern Adirondack Re-store, building homes and hope throughout our community! Plus a travel mug and coffee from Stewart’s. Teacher of the Week is sponsored by TCT Federal Credit Union and Adirondack Broadcasting.
Congratulations Teachers of the Week!
2020–2021 School Year
Week of January 25
Mrs. Kristine Geer, Music Teacher at the Ballard Road Elementary School in Wilton
Mrs. Geer goes above and beyond every school year, but has really stepped up her efforts this year. Sometimes, music is one of the only times students can just be “kids” and just sing songs. Mrs. Geer set up her classroom to allow social distancing so the students feel comfortable and she also volunteered to drop off lunches to the children in the school who needed them. Thanks again to Mrs. Kristine Geer at the Ballard Road Elementary School for all of her extra work this school year!
Week of January 18
Mr. Tim Brunson, Principal of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School
Mr. Brunson has been an exceptional leader during the COVID-19 pandemic and can usually be seen in his office from 6 am to sometimes 9 pm. And because he believes in and loves his students, Mr. Brunson went through the graduation ceremony 8 times. Congratulations to Mr. Tim Brunson, principal of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School.
Week of January 11
Mrs. Mary Beth Moran, Kindergarten Teacher at Schuylerville Elementary
In any normal school year, parents love the fun caring nature Mary Beth Moran gives to the students in her Kindergarten class, but parents this year are seeing the caring nature overflow to their homes during the pandemic. Just before Christmas, when a student and his family needed to be quarantined Mrs. Moran was there for them. She checked in the family and personally delivered craft supplies needed by her student to finish his Christmas gift project for Mom and Dad. Mrs. Moran also included extra crafts and treats for the student's siblings. She's teaching all of us how to be caring and helpful during trying times. Thank you for all that you do for your students, school, and community.
Week of January 4
Mrs. Kari Peters, School Nurse at the Hudson Falls Middle School
Mrs. Peters has been instrumental in helping the students with care, compassion, and comfort. She has gone above and beyond to help families that have been affected by being quarantined. Mrs. Peters' has done personal errands for families and called hundreds of students to check on them daily. Mrs. Peters' caring nature is hard to find. Her school spirit is infectious and she is a positive influence and inspiration to the students and their families. Congratulations to Kari Peters for a job well done as a school nurse at the Hudson Falls Middle School!
Week of December 21
Mrs. Danielle Kinsey, 4th-grade Teacher at the Gordon Creek Elementary School in Ballston Spa
When one of her students had to quarantine earlier this year, she made sure to drive to that student’s house to deliver supplies and directions so that they could participate in an activity that the class was doing. And this week when parents found out that learning was going fully remote, Mrs. Kinsey packed each and every student’s supplies along with holiday gifts for them, and hand-delivered them to the front doors of every student in her class. Her dedication to keeping her students engaged during this crazy time is incredible. Thanks to Mrs. Danielle Kinsey at the Gordon Creek Elementary School in Ballston Spa.
Week of December 14
Mr. Andrew Jennings, Kindergarten Teacher at the Schuylerville Elementary School
This year, Mr. Jennings is actually handling both a kindergarten and first-grade class, virtually. He has amazing energy and truly keeps his students engaged and excited while teaching virtually. Mr. Jennings is patient and considerate and makes it a point to include all of his students on a personal level during his lessons. As teachers and parents know, teaching virtually is a challenging task, and Mr. Jennings’ students are not only learning but thriving and having fun at the same time. Thanks to Mr. Andrew Jennings at the Schuylerville Elementary School!
Week of December 7
Mr. David Moynihan, 6th-grade Math Teacher at the Glens Falls Middle School
Mr. Moynihan’s students think he is the best because he takes students who have struggled in math and helps them to achieve 80’s, 90’s and 100’s on their tests. He is always friendly and treats his students like one big family. Mr. Moynihan’s students feel lucky to be in his class and their parents appreciate all of his extra efforts. Thanks to Mr. David Moynihan from the Glens Falls Middle School for all that he does.
Week of November 30
Mrs. Audrey McKernon, 3rd-grade Teacher at the Argyle Central Schools
Mrs. McKernon really gets to know her students and finds a fun way to teach different subjects. For Math, she came up with fun multiplication poems to help her students remember what they learned in class. To help her students properly distance from one another, Mrs. McKernon taught them a superhero pose that has their arms stretched out and keeps the students safe. She really listens to her students and they are happy to see Mrs. Audrey McKernon at Argyle Central Schools as this week’s teacher of the week!
Week of November 23
Mrs. Meredyth Junco, Reading Teacher at the Salem Central Schools
Mrs. Junco makes an unbelievable connection with her students. When the school first shut down last March, she met with her students often and even over the summer months to keep them reading! Mrs. Junco selects books that interest the group of students she is working with. Her communication with parents is stellar and she becomes friends with each of her student’s families. Thanks to Mrs. Meredyth Junco for all that she does for her students at the Salem Central Schools!
Week of November 16
Mrs. Bethany Carpenter, 4th-grade teacher at the Big Cross Elementary School in Glens Falls
Mrs. Carpenter went out of her way to make sure a student's transition to virtual learning was stress-free. She had the student’s supplies delivered to their home and made a quick pivot to virtual learning and made that student feel like they were still part of the class. Thanks to Bethany Carpenter, 4th-grade teacher at the Big Cross Elementary School in Glens Falls for making a difference in your community.
Week of November 9
Miss Kristen O’Connor, first-grade teacher at the Kensington Road Elementary School in Glens Falls
Miss O’Connor is an energetic teacher who adores who the students in her classroom. With classes split in half this year, Miss O’Connor works twice as hard to cover academics with both her morning and afternoon class. She is great with technology and helps the students, and many of their parents become more comfortable with virtual learning. Miss O’Connor is the first to donate her time, talents, money, food, and even her athleticism for any cause that is going on at school or in the community. The faculty and students at Kensington Road Elementary School are fortunate to have such a talented and caring teacher in their school.
Week of November 2
Mrs. Sarah Boice, 3rd-grade teacher at the Fort Ann Central Schools
Mrs. Boice really stepped up her skills last school year and this year when virtual learning became a reality. She met with her students every day and read them a new chapter in the book that her class was reading. Mrs. Boice also sets up special live meets with her students whenever they need extra help to catch up on their work. The parents of her students really appreciate all that she has done to make virtual and classroom learning much better to handle. Thanks to Mrs. Sarah Boice at the Fort Ann Central Schools!
Week of October 26
Mrs. Rebecca Morris, 4th-grade Teacher at the Johnsburg Central School in North Creek
Mrs. Morris has gone above and beyond during this time of remote learning. She takes extra time to check in with each student to meet their individual needs and provides a welcome and fun atmosphere for the students to learn. Mrs. Morris spends a lot of her personal time thinking of new and unique ways to connect the students during this unusual time and make sure they have their best school year yet. Thank you to Mrs. Rebecca Morris at the Johnsburg Central School for all of her efforts!
Week of October 19
Miss Amber Bement formerly of the Fort Edward Union Free School District
Miss Bement taught 9th and 10th grade English last school year and did an outstanding job with her students throughout the year. When the pandemic hit and virtual learning became a reality, Miss Bement stepped up to help her students via google meet. She provided extra help to assist students to maintain their averages and extended due date deadlines for schoolwork. Thanks to Miss Amber Bement formerly of the Fort Edward Union Free School District.
Week of October 12
Mr. Joel Gordon, Special Education Teacher at the Queensbury Middle School
Mr. Gordon has been a life-saver during the virtual learning from last school year into this year. He meets with students every day for as long as they need his support. When school is in session normally, he is always available for help and he checks in on the students to see how they are doing outside of school. Mr. Gordon knows how to make learning fun to keep his students engaged in their schoolwork. Thanks to Mr. Joel Gordon at the Queensbury Middle School for all that he does!
Week of October 5
Mrs. Alesa Wilson, Reading Teacher at the Greenwich Junior-Senior High School
Mrs. Wilson makes learning fun and meaningful for her students. Her commitment to her students became even more apparent when learning went remote. She adapted quickly and began work with her students one on one, many of whom did not have reliable internet access…so Mrs. Wilson spent a lot of time teacher over the phone. She wants her students to do their best and genuinely cares about them. Thanks for all you do…Mrs. Alesa Wilson at the Greenwich Junior-Senior High School!
Week of September 28
Ms. Jessica Curtin, Teacher at the Sunshine Nursery School in Cambridge
Ms. Curtin has a special way of working with young kids. She makes them feel comfortable and is so caring. Ms. Curtin does a great job in taking new students under her wing and make the transition into a new learning environment so easy. Ms. Jessica Curtin is a true rock star at the Sunshine Nursery School in Cambridge. Congratulations on being Teacher of the Week!
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