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Long Island Educator Mentor Jennifer Wolfe Honored As New York State’s 2021 Teacher Of The Year

Published Monday, September 14, 2020
by NYSUT Media Relations
Long Island Educator Mentor Jennifer Wolfe Honored As New York State’s 2021 Teacher Of The Year

(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union is congratulating veteran Long Island Educator and Teacher Mentor Jennifer Wolfe on being named the 2021 New York State Teacher of the Year.

Wolfe, a Social Studies Teacher entering her 24th year at Oceanside High School on Long Island and a member of the Oceanside Federation of Teachers, received the State Education Department honor for her work with students in the classroom and empowering fellow Educators to take on leadership roles.

NYSUT also congratulated the four Teacher of the Year finalists: North Syracuse Education Association Member Sara Bambino; South Colonie Teachers Association Member James Brown; East Greenbush Teachers Association Member Chelsea Dyer; and Kings Park Classroom Teachers Association Member Victoria Gentile.

Since achieving National Board Certification in 2002, the first Oceanside Teacher to do so, Wolfe has personally guided more than 20 other Teachers at Oceanside - as well numerous others in districts across Long Island - through the rigorous 300-plus-hour process, considered the “gold standard” of the Teaching Profession.

In fact, before Wolfe achieved NBCT status, which she renewed in 2012, there were only 66 NBCTs on Long Island. Through her mentorship as a National Board Regional Coordinator in recent years, there are now more than 200.

The impact of her work has been critical in providing students access to the Nation’s very best Teachers and the cutting-edge approach they bring to the classroom.

“Jen’s commitment to her profession is simply awe-inspiring,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “Her dedication to her practice, and her passion for constantly elevating not only her career but the career of her colleagues, is why Teachers in New York State’s public schools consistently rank among the Nation’s very best.  Teachers like Jen change students’ lives and ensure they not only have the opportunity, but the tools and readiness to succeed.  It’s an absolute privilege for NYSUT to call Jen Wolfe a member of our Union.”

NYSUT represents more than 600,000 Members across New York State in education, human services and health care.  The Teachers Union is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the National Education Association (NEA) and the AFL-CIO.

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