The Warwick Foundation for Excellence in Learning (WFEL) partnered with Leslie Noble and Tom Herman, of Noble Pies in Warwick, to present the third Annual “Apple of My Eye” contest. The contest required students in the Warwick Valley Central School District to nominate a teacher they consider the apple of their eye in terms of what a teacher should be. Submissions were accepted online and the winning teachers were presented with a pie from Noble Pies and a copy of the student’s submission which nominated them.
Park Avenue Elementary Winner – Mrs. Catherine Hobart
Catherine Hobart was nominated by Ellis Dickerson. “Ellis says he loves when Mrs. Hobart takes him to STEAM lab and that she teaches everyone about Chinese day. His favorite is when Mrs. Hobart takes out Silly Sally and makes everyone laugh because Silly Sally does everything wrong. He loves when she makes him the ‘Shinning Star of the Day’ and that she always wishes him a good day. He also wants to write that her favorite colors are pink and purple and he loves everything about her.”
“This is my 21st year teaching for WVCSD,” said Hobart. “I have always been passionate about reaching all learners. I view each and every student as a special individual. I am a huge advocate of the multi-sensory teaching approach. The sense of pride I gain from watching student’s learn is a feeling like no other. I thank Ellis for writing an essay about me. It is something I will always treasure.”
Other teachers nominated from the Park Avenue School were: Lisa Ramus, Donna Berghahn, Coach Kristen Schulze, Jean Laroe and Julie Otens.
Sanfordville Elementary Winner – Lorna Nyland
Lorna Nyland was nominated by fourth grade student Austin Tino, who wrote, “The apple of my eye is Mrs. Nyland. She teaches fourth grade. She is a special education teacher who teaches math, ELA, science, and social studies. She is very nice and is the best teacher in the universe. At snack time on Wednesday, she lets us play games like dominoes, board games, Connect 4, and electronics. On Friday, we went outside because it was Fun Friday. In science and social studies, we went on the chrome books to see if we were right. We searched for information and wrote notes down on a piece of paper, and created presentations. Mrs. Nyland is the apple of my eye and in fourth grade we had the best year ever!!!!!”
Nyland said, “This is my sixteenth year teaching in Warwick Valley. Each year has been a new and exciting adventure. Building strong relationships and making learning fun has helped my students reach their goals. I am most excited when I see how proud my students are of themselves when they’ve worked hard to accomplish something.”
Other teachers nominated from Sanfordville were: Suesette White, Janice Graven, Maureen Nelson, Catherine Bloomer, Nancy Donahue, Mary Ann Leigh, Donna Denny, Jane Diermeier, Christina Taylor, Cathy Hayes, Nancy Noolas-Nachtigal, Robert Kirshke, and Stacy Fitzgerald
Warwick Middle School Winner – Danielle Diglio
Danielle Diglio was nominated by Junique Nicholls who wrote, “I choose Mrs. Diglio as the apple of my eye because she inspires me to do well in all my classes and work hard. She teaches me AIS reading and writing at the Warwick Valley Middle School. Her personality is extremely wonderful. She encourages me to push harder in my work. She makes sure I understand what I’m doing. She is caring, honest and helpful. Mrs. Diglio is the most kind and loving teacher anyone could meet. I’ve known her since sixth grade, when I moved here from the Caribbean, and up to this day she is my favorite. My favorite memory with her is from sixth grade. She asked me a question, I responded and she said, ‘Junique, I like your accent.’ That’s the first time I ever spoke in her class. Therefore, Mrs. Diglio is the Apple of My Eye and she has motivated me to do well in school.”
“I have worked as a literacy specialist at the middle school for the last ten years,” said Diglio. “Prior to that, I taught high school English at Clarkstown North for eight years. Throughout my 18 years of teaching, I have been incredibly lucky to work with wonderful students like Junique, and to have had the privilege to watch them grow as learners and people. Very few professions grant the opportunity to genuinely make a difference in someone’s life; however, as teachers this is our daily charge. This responsibility is one that I am both grateful for and humbled by, and this responsibility is truly what teaching means to me,” said Diglio.
Other teachers nominated from the Warwick Middle School were: MaryJane Breedveld, Claudia Gerbino, Diana Piascik, Kyle Putnam, Amy Sammon, Mark Botta, Barbara Scarpulla, Peter VanDeWater, Janeen Mitchell, Sarah Begley, Kayla Glander, Lena Fahringer, and Elissa Maynard.
Warwick High School Winner – Michael Stolt (STEM)
High school student Anthony Gray nominated Micheal Stolt saying, “Mr. Stolt is the Apple of My Eye because he allows students to explore principals of engineering and computer guided manufacturing with very interesting hand-on projects that make learning difficult subject matter fun! He sparks curiosity and is enthusiastic about teaching his students with much care and concern. He has been an awesome inspiration and a positive role model in my life, so much so that I am planning to major in computer science in college and minor in entrepreneurship.”
“This is my tenth year teaching and my third year teaching at Warwick High School. Teaching to me is all about making a difference for kids, helping them find their passion in life and supporting them along the way,” said Stolt.
Warwick High School Winner – Susan Brofman (Language Arts)
Susan Brofman was nominated by high school student Gregory Knob, who wrote, “Mrs. Brofman has taught me so much more than just to apply my Spanish inside and outside the classroom. She taught me about a work ethic, study skills, interpersonal relationship skills and to simply believe in myself and not focus on other’s opinions of me. She’s taught me so much about who I want to be in life and I’m truly grateful to have had her as my teacher and I hope every student recognizes how much more they can learn from her besides Spanish.”
“I have been teaching her for twenty years. To me, teaching is not only curriculum, it is being a part of the students’ lives. I enjoy hearing about their extracurricular activities and I like to go watch them when I can. And it is important for me to be here for students who need someone to turn to when there is nowhere else to go or when they need someone to push them to work harder to be successful,” said Brofman.
Other Warwick High school teachers nominated were: Denise Markt and Kristen Spano.