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Top Teacher: Andrea Neiman, Columbia High School

Top Teacher Jeff Maclutsky, Walter B. Howard Elementary School New Lebanon

Top Teacher: Jennifer Gerber, Galway High School

Top Teacher: Rebecca Parker, Loudonville Christian School

Top Teacher: Brian Pastiglione, Voorheesville Elementary School

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.

Top Teacher: Melissa Gilligan, Bell Top School

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.

Top Teacher: Patrice Tomaso, Chatham High School

Patrice Tomaso teaches art at Chatham High School, but says that’s secondary unless she can teach students about responsibility, self-discipline and compassion.

Top Teacher: John Homich, Wilbur Lynch School

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.

Top Teacher: Anthony Loughran, Coxsackie-Athens High School

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.

Top Teacher: Patricia Westover, Ichabod Crane Primary School

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.

Top Teacher: Jennifer Wheeler, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School

Jennifer Wheeler, a business teacher at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, brings real world experience to her students.

Top Teacher: Carrie White, Yates Elementary School

Carrie White of Yates Elementary School in Schenectady loves her students so much, she invited them to her wedding one year.

Top Teacher: Valene Synakowski, New Lebanon Jr./Sr. High School

Students at New Lebanon Jr./Sr. High School sing the praises of music teacher, Valene Synakowski.

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