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New York City’s Billy Green Is New York State’s Teacher Of The Year

Published Wednesday, September 14, 2022
by NYSUT News
New York City’s Billy Green Is New York State’s Teacher Of The Year

(NEW YORK CITY) - New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) is congratulating United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Member William “Billy” Green, a Master Chemistry Teacher in New York City, on being named the 2023 New York State Teacher of the Year by the State Board of Regents.

A veteran of multiple city schools, current teacher at A. Philip Randolph Campus High School in Manhattan and dedicated community servant both in his native Harlem and in Africa, Green was just celebrated by the Board of Regents and NYSUT during the Regents’ meeting in Albany.

In his work with students in Manhattan, the Bronx and on Rikers Island during his career, Green approaches teaching with what peers, administrators and mentors have described as an “intensely passionate” love for education, a “desire to empower a community” and a “belief that all students can succeed.”

Green sums up his philosophy on education as “the opportunities I can create through great teaching and learning experiences I understand personally have the power to change individuals, families and communities.”

“Above all, Billy’s tenacity for connecting with his students and doing everything in his power to set them up for success is what inspires me most about his work,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “It’s the same tenacity and commitment to students I see every day from NYSUT Members across the State.  We’re incredibly proud of the mark Billy is leaving on his community and congratulate him on all of his success.”

In the classroom, Green brings an imaginative approach to teaching chemistry to connect with students, intertwining the arts with science and mathematics.

In addition to core STEM courses, he’s created elective courses like Hip Hop and Science Education and Sociocultural Perspectives of Science Education through Arts Practices.

What’s more, Green is committed to giving students a voice in the way they learn, empowering them as collaborators and Co-Teachers, rather than allowing the dense academic vocabulary, mathematics and content of some lessons to create an environment in which some students can feel excluded.

“Billy’s dedication to connecting with his students and community through culturally responsive teaching and project-based learning exemplifies how twenty-first century teachers have honed their craft to meet the needs of diverse students in a changing world,” NYSUT Executive Vice President Jolene DiBrango said. “His commitment to learning from his students and creating a collaborative environment in which he doesn’t just teach, but guides them in their own learning, is inspiring to see.”

Beyond his classroom, Green, a proud Harlemite, leaves an indelible mark.

He is co-facilitator of A. Philip Randolph Campus High School’s LGBTQ Affinity Group and established an LGBTQ Youth Support Center in East Harlem and works with the non-profit Opus Dance Theatre, Incorporated - both in New York City and abroad, establishing six-week summer arts intensive summer camps for children in Ghana and South Africa.

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