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10 RCSD Employees Recognized as Educators of the Year

(May 24, 2024) The Rochester City School District is proud to recognize 10 employees as 2024 Educators of the Year.  The fourth annual Educator of the Year awards ceremony was held on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at 131 West Broad Street.  The event was broadcast on the District’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

The Office of Human Capital began this initiative in 2021 as a way to recognize excellence within the District.  The initiative honors staff members who exceed expectations and provide meaningful and supportive teaching and learning experiences for RCSD students. Nominations are advanced by their peers, students, parents, community members, and supervisors. A selection committee then reviews nominees and the supporting materials provided by each candidate.

The following individuals received awards in eight categories: Building Leader, Bilingual, Duo/Team, Elementary, Service Provider, Special Subject, Secondary, and Support Staff.

 Building Leader Educator of the Year
Callie Andler, Assistant Principal, East High School

Bilingual Educator of the Year
Mariela Polito-Fischer, Bilingual PreK Teacher, Abraham Lincoln School No. 22

Duo-Team Educator of the Year
Gianni Alcantara, Bilingual Secretary, Abraham Lincoln School No. 22
Karina Chamorro, Bilingual Clerk, Abraham Lincoln School No. 22
Lorna Ramos, Bilingual Clerk, Abraham Lincoln School No. 22

Elementary Educator of the Year
Sheila Howland, Special Education Teacher, Francis Parker School No. 23

Service Provider Educator of the Year
Annette Maldonado, Bilingual Social Worker, Anna Murray-Douglass Academy School No. 12

Special Subject Educator of the Year
Michelle Accorso, Drama Teacher, School of the Arts

Secondary Educator of the Year
Mary Gagnier, Special Education Teacher, School Without Walls

Support Staff Educator of the Year
Catherine Wilson, Executive Assistant, Central Office

Sheila Howland will now be eligible to enter the New York State competition for Educator of the Year.  The RCSD is home to the 2024 New York State Teacher of the Year – Zach Arenz, who is a music teacher at The Flower City School No. 54.