Hilton math teacher receives Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award

By on May 21, 2018
Hilton High School math teacher Vicki Newman receives the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award after being nominated by her former student senior Michael Speciale. Provided photo

Hilton High School math teacher Vicki Newman receives the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award after being nominated by her former student senior Michael Speciale. Provided photo

Vicki Newman, a math teacher at Hilton High School, thought she was just attending another staff meeting the afternoon of May 9, which also happened to be Teacher Appreciation Day. As she and her fellow teachers settled in to hear a presentation of the proposed school budget, Conor McMahon, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Finger Lakes Region representative, stepped up to the podium.

“I’m here to honor a teacher who stands for the very best in a great profession and you are all so fortunate to have someone of this caliber and such talent sharing her gifts with you as you share your gifts with her,” said McMahon. “On behalf of Governor Cuomo and myself, it is with great pleasure that I present Vicki Newman with the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award.”

Newman’s colleagues erupted with applause as she stepped up to the podium to accept a plaque and $5,000 check to use toward professional development.

“I feel honored to have received this award. I am especially humbled because the nomination came from a former student who is an incredible young man,” said Newman.

Michael Speciale, a senior at Hilton High School, nominated Newman in fall 2016. Speciale is Senior Class president, National Honor Society vice president and was named a commended student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Newman is a Hilton High School graduate herself and has been teaching in Hilton her entire career – 13 years. “I could have never received this level of recognition without my colleagues. They are amazing teachers who inspire me to improve every day,” she said.

Anyone – students, parents or educators – may submit a nomination for the Governor’s Empire State of Excellence in Teaching Award. Recipients are selected by a panel of educational leaders from several professional associations. Criteria includes: exemplifying the dedication, mission, skill, expertise and talent of outstanding teachers; holding high expectations for every student and providing access to higher levels of learning for all learners; preparing children for a changing economic workforce and a lifelong journey of learning; and being a continuous learner eager to pursue professional growth opportunities throughout his or her career.

Provided information

Hilton High School math teacher Vicki Newman receives the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award after being nominated by her former student senior Michael Speciale. Provided photo

Hilton High School math teacher Vicki Newman receives the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award after being nominated by her former student senior Michael Speciale. Provided photo

You must be logged in to post a comment Login