Educator of Excellence

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Kathryn Dodd, an English teacher at Edmund W. Miles Middle School, has been named an Educator of Excellence by the New York State English Council.

“It is amazing to be awarded for something that you love to do,” said Dodd. “Teaching is my passion and I put my heart and soul into everything that I do as an educator.”

Each year, the NYSEC recognizes excellence in teaching by presenting awards at its annual conference to ELA educators nominated by their schools and then selected by the council. To be selected for this honor, EWMMS Principal Edward Plaia completed an application on Dodd’s behalf and submitted letters in support of the application written by Plaia, Assistant Principal Kristy Pagliari and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Mary O’Meara.

“I have learned so much from our administrators and other teachers in the building and I am grateful for every opportunity they have given me, yet, it is my students that deserve the real praise,” said Dodd. “I have pushed them to work on higher levels than ever before by introducing advanced literature, writing programs and new technology. They constantly impress me and make me proud to be their teacher.”

Dodd will be presented her award at the NYSEC Awards Luncheon held at the Albany Marriott Hotel and Conference Center on Oct. 21.