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Eagle teacher wins Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award

Filed in Archive, Eagle by on May 22, 2018

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Congratulations to Eagle fourth grade teacher Julianna Palomba, who has received a 2018 Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award. She is the second BC teacher to receive the distinguished award which honors innovative educators who excel in the classroom and have demonstrated a commitment to sharing best practices with their colleagues. 

BCMS teacher Shannon Lundgren received the Excellence in Teaching Award earlier this month.

At Eagle, students and staff from every grade assembled in the gym on Monday, May 21 for the surprise announcement. Principal Dianna Reagan also arranged for Ms. Palomba’s family to be present for the award presentation.

“Since Julianna first walked into Eagle as a student teacher, she has been energetic, happy, dedicated and just loves being with kids,” said Principal Reagan. “Over the last two years, she has grown to be an outstanding educator who goes above and beyond to make learning meaningful, challenging and joyful. 

“She is a teacher who constantly wants to better her teaching skills and enjoys working with others to the best she can be. We are extremely lucky to have such a talented teacher at BC,” said Reagan

Along with the citation, Palomba was presented with $5,000 to be used for her own professional development. The cash award came as an oversized cardboard check presented to her by Daniel Fuller, assistant secretary for education under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Fuller himself is a graduate of BCHS and is also a parent of a Hamagrael student.

“I am pleased, honored, and humbled to accept this award with my Eagle family whom I admire and appreciate so much,” said Palomba. “I want to thank my students for making me love teaching more and more every day and to my colleagues for keeping me afloat my first few years teaching.

“And, of course, thank you to my family for always supporting me and being here. I am blessed to be acknowledged in this way and my heart is full.”

More about Excellence in Teaching Program

Governor Andrew Cuomo created the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Program in 2016 to support exemplary teachers across New York State who foster creativity, instill a love of learning, motivate students to maintain high expectations and academic goals, and make a difference in the lives of students. This program recognizes a select group of teachers from each region of New York who work tirelessly every day to prepare a new generation of learners for the future.