Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- There are plenty of outstanding teachers in New York. Six of those teachers were honored Friday for excelling in STEM education.
Three teachers from the East Syracuse-Minoa district, and three others from North Syracuse, Pulaski and the Syracuse City school districts were honored for helping inspire students in science, technology, engineering and math fields.
“Those teachers are role models for our students, role models for our staff and role models, we believe, in setting a very clear understanding in what’s needed in the 21st century,” said ES-M Superintendent Donna DeSiatio.
“I do what I do because I love the kids. I enjoy sparking that passion for science and sparking that passion for learning in them and winning an award for that is pretty amazing to me. I am humbled,” said award recipient Rebecca Loy who teaches special education at ES-M.
This year’s honorees include:
•Greg Flick - Earth science teacher at North Syracuse Junior High School
•Rebecca Loy - special education teacher at Minoa Elementary School
•Jason Fahy - science teacher at Pine Grove Middle School
•Jamie Hefty - science teacher at Pulaski Senior High School
•Christy Fahey- inquiry support teacher at Woodland Elementary School
•Linda Trippany - science teacher at Lincoln Middle School
Each of this year’s winners was given a plaque and up to $1,000.
The Technology Alliance of Central New York
has been awarding outstanding STEM teachers since 1989.