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New York State PTA

One Wembley Court
Albany, NY 12205
Phone: 518.452.8808
Toll Free: 1.877.569.7782
Fax: 518.452.8105

Email: pta.office@nyspta.org

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Awards and Recognitions 

The 2016 NYS Teacher of the Year is Announced

We are happy to announce that the New York State Board of Regents announced that Dana McDonough has been named the 2016 New York State Teacher of the Year. Congratulations!

McDonough, a second grade teacher at Newburgh Enlarged City School District in Newburgh, was presented with a certificate of recognition by Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch and Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. McDonough was also presented with the Thomas Sobol Award and the David Johnson award, both created as annual gifts for recipients of the Teacher of the Year award.

McDonough, the 46th New York State Teacher of the Year, has been teaching first or second grade in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District for her entire career of 22 years. She currently teaches second graders at Fostertown ETC Magnet School.

To read the press release from NYSED, please click here.


New York State Teacher of the Year Application


The Teacher of the Year program recognizes and celebrates outstanding teachers throughout New York State. Eligible teachers are appropriately credentialed, work directly with students in a public, private or charter school and have at least five years teaching experience.

Click here for Teacher of the Year Application information.

Click here for more information about the NYS Teacher of the Year program.