Andrea Neiman teaches art at Columbia High School. She is happy to be teaching in a school she used to be a student at. “I find art is a vehicle for teaching about life and the world around us,” she explained. “[I am] very fortunate that I am able to share what I am passionate about with these young people.”
Jeff Maclutsky makes history come alive for 5th and 6th graders at Walter B. Howard Elementary School in West Lebanon. After 10 years of teaching, he says he's just as excited to come to work now as he was when he first started.
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.
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.