STATE AWARD — Gianni Notaro, Social Studies and history teacher at Westmoreland Central School, recently received the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award, the highest education honor in the state. From left: Superintendent Rocco J. Migliori, Notaro, State Commissioner of the Office of General Services RoAnn M. Destito and High School Principal Joshua Saxton. (Photo submitted)
Westmoreland teacher receives award for excellence
WESTMORELAND — Gianni P. Notaro, a Social Studies teacher at Westmoreland High School, received the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award, the highest award an educator can acquire in the state.
Notaro graduated from Utica College with a master’s degree in teaching in 2011.
During his first three years of teaching, he taught at Proctor High School in Utica and Richfield Springs Central School District.
For the past four years, Notaro has taught at Westmoreland Central School, instructing students in Advanced Placement World History and ninth and tenth grade Global Studies.
State Commissioner of the Office of General Services RoAnn M. Destito presented the award to Notaro during the morning assembly with staff and students on Friday, May 11.
It’s the Empire State Excellence In Teaching Award. Only 60 teachers across the entire state win it. Here’s the explanation of the award:
“Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes educational leaders, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, who exemplify the professional work of thousands of outstanding, progressive teachers and innovative educators striving to attain New York standards and success for all of their students.
Teacher ambassadors are career learners and education leaders who are eager to represent the accomplishments and professional work of their colleagues, share their craft, advise policymakers and continue learning.”
Winners are recognized and rewarded with a $5,000 stipend for their continued learning and professional endeavor.