School teacher earns national recognition

BEEKMANTOWN - The efforts of a teacher in the Beekmantown Central School District have not gone unnoticed.

Sixth grade science teacher Colleen Pandolph of Peru has been selected as a finalist from New York State for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Pandolph, who was nominated by former Beekmantown Middle School principal Sue Coonrod, was selected by a state selection committee of her peers.

The news was a pleasant surprise, said Pandolph, who has been teaching for the school district for the past nine years.

"It's quite an honor," said the Vermontville native and State University of New York at Plattsburgh graduate, "but I would rather bring recognition to the school than myself. I have great colleagues, a great team of teachers I work with at the sixth grade level. The entire middle school is supportive."

Principal James Knight said he is proud of Pandolph's accomplishment and the recognition which demonstrates the caliber of teaching staff within the school district.

"Colleen is a perfect candidate for this level of recognition, due to her humble nature a dedication to students," said Knight. "I am confident that an award of this magnitude is not something she ever sought after as an educator, but it is the recognition she deserves as a teacher of high quality."

Knight went on to say Beekmantown Middle School benefits from the Pandolph's recognition by "allowing the spotlight to be drawn to one of its staff members who is a true representation of the entire staff as a whole."

Pandolph's nomination will be reviewed by a national selection committee in Washington, D.C. The committee will determine the winner of the Presidential Award this winter.

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