May 2016 Issue
April 22, 2016

Decorated teacher adds a new honor

Author: By Liza Frenette
Source: NYSUT United

Charlie GiglioLatin teacher Charlie Giglio, 2015 New York State Teacher of the Year, can now add a new honor to his growing list. The National Education Association recently named him a Global Learning Fellow.

Giglio, a member of the Gloversville Teachers Association, is one of 31 educators who will travel to Peru for 10 days of international field study as part of a yearlong academic program. NYSUT President Karen E. Magee nominated him for the award.

In June, Giglio will join other Global Fellows as they visit with educators in village schools near Lima, located on the South Pacific Ocean, and Cuzco, in the Andes Mountains.

Giglio and the other fellows each received three days of training at NEA in Washington.

"We're representing our culture, and we're learning their culture," he said. "We're trying to cultivate knowledge and tolerance of other cultures."

In the training, the fellows wrote global lesson plans on what unites cultures. The educators also launched a crowd-funding campaign called "Books for the Students of Cuzco" on Indiegogo.

To read more about Giglio's journey, visit