April 6, 2017
A legacy of excellence remembered as Mike Jones honored with YMCA
Members of Mr. Jones' family and high school colleagues were present as the
award was announced. From left: his sisters Michelle Jones McGauley and
Teresa Huzarewicz; World language teachers Kelly Linehan and Caroline
Gardiner; social studies teacher Sean O'Connell; Director of World Language,
Social Studies and English as a new Language Marie Digirolamo; and Mr.
Jones' brother, Joseph Jones.
Niskayuna High School students also recognized at organization's annual
Mike Jones' legacy of excellence in language education and advocacy for
his students, was recognized by the Capital District YMCA with its
Outstanding Educator Award on April 5.
The posthumous honor was announced at the annual awards ceremony of the
Schenectady area YMCA branches, held at Key Hall at Proctors.
Mr. Jones taught Spanish at Niskayuna High School for 22 years prior to his
passing in November of 2016. At the breakfast, the traits that student and
staff recalled as they honored him this past fall continued to be
highlightedâ€“ his love of learning, his connection to his colleagues and his
dedication to students and their futures.
"Michael's passing had a tremendous impact on the school administration,
students and community," the awards program states. "Michael Jones was
looked at as a leader in language studies. He was a scholar and a gentleman
with vast knowledge on many subjects. Michael was a strong advocate for many
students in their college choices and career paths."
Members of Michael's family and colleagues were present as the award was
announced. His friend and Niskayuna High School social studies teacher Sean
O'Connell, who grew up with Jones in Utica, accepted the award on his
The breakfast annually celebrates educators and students from six districts
in the area.
Five Niskayuna High School seniors were also honored for their nomination
for the Outstanding Student Award. Congratulatoins to:
David Jones Buhrmaster
Congratulations to our student-nominees, pictured here
with Melissa Bellew, district executive director of the Duanesburg and
Mr. Jones' friend and Niskayuna High School social
studies teacher Sean O'Connell, who grew up with Jones in Utica, accepted
the award on his behalf. He is pictured here with Donna Gigone, executive
director of the Glenville Family YMCA.