Brian Pastiglione teaches kindergarten at Voorheesville Elementary School. A teacher for five years, Pastiglione has had other jobs but says teaching was the right fit.
Melissa Gilligan teaches 5th grade at Bell Top School in East Greenbush. Even after 30 years of teaching, she still gets excited when her students have a “lightbulb moment.” She also involves her students in a number of volunteer activities including food drives, crafts for kids hospitalized, and a toy drive for Catholic Charities.
Patrice Tomaso teaches art at Chatham High School, but says that’s secondary unless she can teach students about responsibility, self-discipline and compassion.
John Homich is a math teacher at Wilbur Lynch School in Amsterdam. His love of math as a student turned into a love for teaching math as an adult. In fact, he’s teaching in one of the same classrooms he sat in as a child.
Anthony Loughran of Coxsackie-Athens High School originally wanted to be a doctor. In fact, he almost left after his first year of teaching. Now, 27 years later, he’s thrilled with the way things turned out.
Patricia Westover is a teacher at Ichabod Crane Primary School. After more than 30 years, she's still instilling a love of learning into her students.
Jennifer Wheeler, a business teacher at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, brings real world experience to her students.
Carrie White of Yates Elementary School in Schenectady loves her students so much, she invited them to her wedding one year.
Students at New Lebanon Jr./Sr. High School sing the praises of music teacher, Valene Synakowski.