Cuba-Rushford’s Carly Santangelo named New York teacher of the year

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An educator from the Allegany County School District, whose agroscience courses have been recognized for fostering a collaborative spirit between her students and the school community, is New York State’s Teacher of the Year in 2022.

Carly Santangelo, a teacher at Cuba-Rushford High School, was honored by the New York State Board of Regents and United Teachers on Tuesday in Albany.

Santangelo was selected from a group of five finalists for the 2022 Teacher of the Year award. She teaches grades 7, as well as grades 9 to 12 in Cuba-Rushford, and praised her students, calling them “amazing.”

“They are the reason I come to work every day,” Santangelo said. “I say this every year, but I have dynamite kids this year and I’m so excited to keep teaching them new things.”

‘Passionate and authentic’

Cuba-Rushford celebrates this feat. Santangelo was honored by his colleagues at a faculty meeting on Wednesday, and the district is planning a reception at 6:15 p.m. on September 26 at the CRCS Middle / High School library ahead of an education council meeting.

“I am so proud of Carly Santangelo,” said Carlos Gildemeister, Cuba-Rushford superintendent. “She so deserves this recognition. The learning environment she has created is filled with opportunities for students to develop skills applicable to everyday life and to learn to think and work independently.”

Dr Katie Ralston, Principal Principal of Grades 6 to 12 at Cuba-Rushford, said Santangelo exemplifies the mission of the Teacher of the Year program.

“When I saw the nomination form, I knew it was Carly,” Ralston continued. “She is passionate and genuine. Her commitment to doing whatever it takes to ensure that rural students have ample opportunity to experience the world and be successful in their community is incredible.”

A statement announcing the Teacher of the Year award said that Santangelo’s classes focus on environmental stewardship, agricultural sustainability and community building. Santangelo was credited with securing over $ 10,000 in district grants to purchase a high tunnel greenhouse and develop a school-wide composting program.

“Connecting students with our community is my priority, whether it’s involving them in volunteer opportunities that deepen what they’ve learned in the classroom or simply helping them succeed in any field. career after graduation, ”Santangelo said.

Santangelo, a Cuba-Rushford teacher since 2018, was celebrated as “a role model of hard work for her students and a valued member of her rural community in Allegany County.”

According to NYSUT, Santangelo takes a hands-on approach to his work, guiding students through courses that involve everything from growing produce to donate in the school cafeteria and local pantry to calculating the carbon stored in trees on the campus to better understand the carbon cycle and its evolution. weather.

Santangelo’s agriculture classes go beyond teaching students how to grow products from seeds, state education officials said. She helped design a course that will be taught for the first time this year on the link between gender, race and other global issues and food.

She also engages her high school and high school students by sharing their knowledge with elementary school students, guiding them in developing and teaching specific compost literacy classes each year.

In addition, Santangelo is an advisor to the FFA and has received certifications not only in agriculture and biology education, but also in survey-based education from the NAAE Agriscience Inquiry Institute and in drone piloting from the FAA for teach students new skills.

Teachers’ community

“I will always say that I am a good teacher because I am surrounded by good teachers,” Santangelo said. “The teachers in my district and the teachers outside of my district that I am friends with and communicate with are the reason I can do my job. Because teaching really takes a community and we have an amazing community of teachers in Cuba-Rushford.

Prior to joining Cuba-Rushford, Santangelo was a teacher at BOCES Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming.

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At Tuesday’s event, Chancellor Regents Lester W. Young, Jr., and State Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa presented Santangelo with a Certificate of Recognition, as well as the Thomas Sobol and Tony LoFrumento.

“New York teachers are essential to the success of students in all corners of our state,” Young said. “The Board and I extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Ms. Santangelo and each of this year’s nominees for all they do on behalf of the students of New York.”

Carly Santangelo, an agriculture teacher at the Cuba-Rushford Central School District, was named New York State's 2022 Teacher of the Year on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, during a ceremony at the Department of Education in Albany, NY

Rosa said, “It’s important to take a moment to honor New York’s best teachers as we strive to recognize the important and noble work they do every day.

As the Teacher of the year program 2022 A winner of the award, Santangelo will also be involved in a year of advocacy, professional development, and representation for all teachers in New York State.

She said: “I am really thrilled to have the opportunity to stand up for teachers, stand up for students and hope I can help teachers feel supported in their schools, and in doing so, it also helps teachers. students.”

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