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Wal-Mart Names Minetto ‘Teachers Of The Year’

MINETTO, NY – The Fulton Wal-Mart Super Center has proudly presented the teachers of the Minetto Elementary School with the “2011 Teachers of the Year” honor.

Wal-Mart representatives Angela Blanchard and Michelle Sherman recently visited the school to make the announcement. They brought a large cake as well as “goodie bags” for the teaching staff.

Some of the Minetto teachers were able to gather for the celebration. In front are Principal Dean Goewey, Shirley Hadley, Debbie Bartholmoew, Tracy Anderson, Amy Sullivan, and Nancy Zawisza; while in back are Michelle Sherman and Angela Blanchard of Wal-Mart, Jennifer Szkotak, Roxanne Davis, Kim LeRoy, Tanya Wadsworth and Kate Tesoriero.
Some of the Minetto teachers were able to gather for the celebration. In front are Principal Dean Goewey, Shirley Hadley, Debbie Bartholmoew, Tracy Anderson, Amy Sullivan, and Nancy Zawisza; while in back are Michelle Sherman and Angela Blanchard of Wal-Mart, Jennifer Szkotak, Roxanne Davis, Kim LeRoy, Tanya Wadsworth and Kate Tesoriero.

However, they also provided ten $100 gift cards for use at Wal-Mart in recognition of the appreciation that Wal-Mart has for what teachers do for their students.

Upon hearing the news Minetto Principal Dean Goewey said, “I am very proud of the teaching staff here at Minetto. They are dedicated to the education and well-being of all of our students. I know what these teachers do on a day-to-day basis, but it is an honor when an outside organization such as Wal-Mart recognizes the work that our teaching staff puts forth.”

Continuing he said, “I am grateful for the support that we have always enjoyed from Wal-Mart and other local businesses. This was a great surprise to our teaching staff and the donation of the $1,000 in gift cards will offset the money they spend on students on a regular basis. Once again thank you to Wal-Mart and congratulations to our students.”

Wal-Mart recognized kindergarten teachers Holly Schopp, Karen Venditte and Leeanne Perry, along with first grade teachers Karen Poole, Barbara Buske and Amy Sullivan; second grade teachers Kathy Shafer, Shirley Hadley, Doren Bednarski and Mary Jean Battista; third grade teachers Nancy Zawisza, Nicole Freebern, and Angela Campbell;  Paula Weigelt, Heather Lynch, Katie Tesoriero and Kathryn Palange in fourth grade; Brian Haessig, Roxanne Davis and Marjorie Malone in fifth grade and sixth grade teacher Sara Scribner, Tanya Wadsworth and Tracy Anderson.

Others recognized included Jennifer Szkotak (AIS Math), Crystal Mason (Art), Kimberly LeRoy (Library), Debora Bartholomew, Cameron Edele, Brian McIlroy and Heather Sweeting (Music), Don Fronk (Physical Education), Rachel Baker (Psychologist),  JoAnn Syrell and Jan Knight  (Reading), Linda Stummer (Special Education Coach), Eileen Ensworth (School Counselor)  and Kelli Proux, Caryn Conway and Lauren Ward (Speech).