The Long Island Nets have partnered with Delta Air Lines to launch the Teacher of the Month awards to teachers across both Nassau and Suffolk counties. During the months of November through March, the Long Island Nets recognized a different teacher based on his/her excellence in the classroom, commitment to education and the community, leadership abilities, and dedication to students. Students and faculty had the opportunity to nominate a teacher each month of the program.
2018-19 AWARD RECIPIENTS:
|November 27, 2018: Christopher Pappas, Northside School, Levittown
A young, vibrant teacher, Mr. Pappas always comes to class with bright ideas to make school fun. He works very hard to teach the kids to be team players. Students are able to relate to him well and enjoy going to school.
|December 16, 2018: Wendy Spagnuolo, California Avenue Elementary School, Uniondale
Mrs. Spagnuolo has found unique ways to teach her students writing lessons by having the class write rap songs to teach them writing structure. She goes above and beyond to make her students happy and comfortable. She is really special and touches the lives of her students regularly.
|January 21, 2019: Victoria Foley, John Lewis Childs School, Floral Park
Mrs. Foley is an exceptional teacher who takes her time to review all of her students work and corrects mistakes with the right answer, compliments all good ideas and writes suggestions for improvement. Her positive notes make the students feel special. She spends a ton of time reviewing her students work and makes sure that all students reach their best potential. Besides always bringing her best to, she is also a very sweet, caring person. She makes her students feel great about themselves and is an amazing teacher.
|February 27, 2019: Jamie Rasulo, Bayview Avenue School, Freeport
If there was ever a consummate professional that epitomizes the word “teacher”, meeting the needs of an entire school community, it would be Jamie Rasulo. Not only does she far exceed meeting the demands of her daily requirements as Speech and Language Pathologist at Bayview Avenue School of Arts and Sciences, she extends her strengths to meet the needs of each and every staff member, every student and their families. It is her vision that a student with a disability is an individual of great worth and deserves to be empowered to become a productive member of society. She believes that a partnership between school, home, and community is vital to instill a life-long love of learning and her impact can be felt by all who surround her.
|March 16, 2019: Cindy Shek, JHS 185 Edward Bleeker, Flushing
Mrs. Shek always goes the extra mile and cares deeply for her students. Her students look up to her as a mentor and as their favorite teacher. She spends countless hours making math fun and relatable, spending numerous hours to create lesson plans that will resonate with the individual students. She spends personal time and money to come up with the best ways to inspire and encourage the next generation.