English Teachers Receive Statewide Honors

Three teachers from the district were recently recognized at the New York State English Council’s 66th annual conference. The honorees, Kathryn Rosario, Janine Katsigiorgis and Reinaldo Latorre, all teach at Edmund W. Miles Middle School.

Mr. Latorre, the middle school’s English Department chairman for the past two years and a ninth-grade ELA teacher, was one of four recipients of the NYSEC’s mini-grant, receiving $500. He plans to use the funds to purchase more books for classroom libraries to give students more access to literature.

“Students want to read books that are engaging and interesting,” Mr. Latorre said. “These classroom libraries will allow for more student selection of books which will in turn boost reading levels.”

Eighth-grade ELA teachers Ms. Rosario and Ms. Katsigiorgis were named Educators of Excellence. They were among eight teachers from the state chosen at the middle-school level.