PHOENIX – Michael A. Maroun physical education teacher Alice Benjamin recently earned recognition for her dedication and service to students in the Phoenix Central School District.
During a ceremony honoring physical education teachers across the Central North Zone, the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance presented Benjamin with a “Teacher of the Year” Award.
The honor is given to individuals who demonstrate excellence in teaching and overall performance in the disciplines of physical education.
According to Stephen Musso, Director of Health, PE and Athletics, Benjamin is a dedicated, caring, fun, knowledgeable professional deserving of the recognition.
Her drive for helping others extends beyond the classroom, he said, noting that she is a sports booster club representative in her community and she serves on numerous committees.
“In the short time I’ve known Mrs. Benjamin, I can see that she has a strong presence in the classroom and brightens each student’s day,” Musso said. “She is well respected by colleagues and loved by students.”
Benjamin has been a physical education teacher in Phoenix for more than 20 years.
Her colleagues lauded her efforts and commitment to her students. In her nomination form.
One colleague said, “She goes above and beyond every single day in her classroom. Her creativity goes into every lesson plan.”
Benjamin was among six physical education teachers in the region who earned the Teacher of the Year distinction.
The awards were presented during a ceremony in Canastota on March 2.