New York State Teacher of the Year to Present at Local College

2nd-grade teacher Dana McDonough from Newburgh Enlarged City School District was named the 2016 New York State Teacher of the Year at a special celebration in Albany. The distinction of New York State Teacher of the Year is awarded to celebrate exceptionally skilled and passionate educators. McDonough was selected from hundreds of applicants from across the state.

 “Dana McDonough is the epitome of what a teacher should be, she is dedicated, loving, conscientious and diligent.  She truly goes above and beyond to help her students whether educationally or socially and emotionally.  She strives for her students’ success. She makes connections with her students, parents and colleagues to ensure that her students are successful.  It's all about the students. I could not be prouder to have her receive this honor and I congratulate her on behalf of the Fostertown ETC Magnet School family,” said Principal Maritza Ramos.

McDonough, a Mount Saint Mary College alumna, will discuss her experiences as an educator on Thursday, October 8 at 4 p.m. at the Mount.

The talk, recommended for current teacher candidates, is free and open to the public. It will take place in the Hudson Hall Auditorium on campus, 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh, N.Y. The event is sponsored by the Mount’s Division of Education. Call 845-569-3264 to register.

McDonough says her teaching philosophy is based on strengthening “the school-family-community partnership.”

 “I am honored and humbled to be named the 2016 New York State Teacher of the Year.  I will be given the opportunity to be the voice of the Newburgh Enlarged City School District as I travel throughout New York State.  I will proudly share my journey with my colleagues, administrators, students, families and community,” McDonough shared.

The Teacher of the Year will represent all New York State teachers at events throughout the state and at national events with Teachers of the Year from across the United States. As a representative of the profession, McDonough is asked to engage and inspire other teachers and community leaders. She will represent the excellence and passion of 220,000 New York State teachers by engaging in presentations, attending meetings, and participating in professional development at state and national levels.

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