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Niskayuna Schools > News

June 22, 2016 

Iroquois teacher Frank Adamo receives Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award

picture from award presentation

From left, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Lauren Gemmill, Iroquois Principal Vicky Wyld, Mr. Adamo, and Acting New York State Civil Service Commissioner Lola Brabham.

surprise announcement by state leader comes during jam day

picture from award presentation
"Thank you." As he accepted his award, Mr. Adamo addressed Iroquois students and his colleagues assembled for Jam Day.

In addition to stellar student performances, Iroquois students had something else to cheer at Jam Day this year: the surprise presentation of a statewide award of excellence to one of their teachers.

The applause was thunderous as acting New York State Civil Service Commissioner Lola Brabham took the stage to recognize English teacher Frank Adamo with an Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award.

The award program, initiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, honors outstanding individuals who exemplify the highest standards of teaching, working to foster creativity, instill a love of learning, and inspire independent thinking and student initiative.

Each year, the Excellence in Teaching awards recognize teachers from 10 different regions of the state. The selection panel includes leaders of statewide education organizations.

Honorees receive a $5,000 stipend to support their professional development interests and are also invited to meet with university, workforce and policy leaders across the state to share their expertise and insights.

Mr. Adamo is known for the passion he brings to teaching and his ability to connect with students. He has been a leader in using technology in his classroom and throughout the school, serving as a resource to colleagues and an advisor to WIRO, the student club that broadcasts engaging and informative morning announcements.

As he accepted the award, Mr. Adamo, whose wife, Amanda, teaches at Glencliff, emphasized how much he enjoyed coming to work every day.

"I like to say that not only am I not even the best teacher in my house, or the building or the team, there are dozens and dozens of people so deserving of this recognition," he told the Jam Day crowd. "Thank you so much. Thank you, guys. It is amazing to be able to work with you all."

"Honored, humbled, and very surprised! Thank you!" he tweeted later in the day.