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April 27, 2010

New York State Teacher of the Year: Debra Calvino

Source: RA 2010
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Debra Calvino
Valley Central Teachers Association

Debra Calvino, a 27-year math teacher at Valley Central High School in Orange County, known for helping generations of students to love mathematics, was named the 2010 New York State Teacher of the Year by the Board of Regents

As a teacher leader, Calvino uses her math skills in a different way: She serves as a master trainer in data analysis, fostering district-wide support for and use of data-driven instruction to improve student achievement. She has also enhanced district resources through her extensive grant writing and advocacy efforts.

"In a state known for the quality and professionalism of its teaching force, to be named Teacher of the Year is indeed a high honor," said NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi. "We applaud Debra Calvino for her work with students, her colleagues and her community. She is a fitting choice to represent all the terrific teachers in our state."

NYSUT Vice President Maria Neira said Calvino mentors other teachers and has inspired many to enter the field of teaching. "She is a wonderful ambassador for our profession," Neira said.

"Mrs. Calvino puts children first, mentors and trains colleagues, and is a great union advocate," said Valley Central Teachers Association President Tim Brown. "She truly lives up to our slogan: There are no greater advocates for children and education than teachers and teacher unions."

The 40th New York State Teacher of the Year, Calvino is in the running for national Teacher of the Year.

Finalists for 2010 New York State Teacher of the Year were: Rockette Brunetti, a high school English teacher at C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville; Glen Cummings, a high school social studies teacher at Eastridge High School in Rochester; Ashli Dreher, a special education teacher of grades 9-12 at the Lewiston Porter Central School District in Youngstown; and Sandra Jabaut, a high school art teacher at Queensbury High School in Queensbury.