A couple of teachers within Cortland County were recently recognized by Gov. Kathy Hochul for a state award.
Sylvia Amoreena Tellaeche of the Cortland Enlarged City School District (CECSD), and Nicole Lener of the McGraw Central School District, were recipients of the Governor’s Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award.
Tellaeche is a teacher at CECSD’s Randall Middle School, while Lener is a science teacher at McGraw High School.
The Empire State Excellence in Teaching Program gives out awards every year to “teachers of science, math, English language arts, social studies, kindergarten, special education, art, physical education, robotics, technology, world languages, economics, English as a new language, and even P-TECH programs.”
According to the background of the program and award, teachers will “have the opportunity to share insights on their accomplishments with students and work with curriculum and instruction; discuss their professional learning; and advise on educational trends with regional development leaders, university leaders in teacher education, policy makers, and school leaders.”
Teachers are also rewarded a $5,000 stipend from SUNY for their “continued learning and professional endeavors.”
For more information about the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Program and Award, click here.