Celebrating The Best of the Best

Left to right back: School Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo, South Huntington Teachers Union President Dennis Callahan, Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia, Teacher of the Year Ms. Lisa Hatton, BOE President Mr. Jim Kaden, and New York Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci.
Left to right back: School Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo, South Huntington Teachers Union President Dennis Callahan, Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia, Teacher of the Year Ms. Lisa Hatton, BOE President Mr. Jim Kaden, and New York Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci.
Susan Lamote has been serving the children of South Huntington for 13 years. As a kindergarten teacher she creates a nurturing learning environment where her students feel safe, supported, and truly cared for.
Susan Lamote has been serving the children of South Huntington for 13 years. As a kindergarten teacher she creates a nurturing learning environment where her students feel safe, supported, and truly cared for.
Mrs. Lendy Milo is an Oakwood Dual-Language teacher who has taught both stand-alone and side-by-side classes. Her colleagues from both Oakwood and Countrywood, where she taught for two years, agree that Lendy is nurturing, kind, collaborative, and highly professional.
Mrs. Lendy Milo is an Oakwood Dual-Language teacher who has taught both stand-alone and side-by-side classes. Her colleagues from both Oakwood and Countrywood, where she taught for two years, agree that Lendy is nurturing, kind, collaborative, and highly professional.
A fourth-grade teacher at Birchwood since 2000, Helma Adde has always been a dedicated and caring educator. Helma exemplifies the ‘can do’ attitude that is a must as we navigate the ever-changing landscape of education.
A fourth-grade teacher at Birchwood since 2000, Helma Adde has always been a dedicated and caring educator. Helma exemplifies the ‘can do’ attitude that is a must as we navigate the ever-changing landscape of education.
Robin Naggar, our Silas Wood teacher of the year has been teaching in South Huntington for 16 years. He is a leader who inspires, motivates, excites, and understands his students. Mr. Naggar serves as a coach in the classroom and for a variety of sports at Stimson and Walt Whitman.
Robin Naggar, our Silas Wood teacher of the year has been teaching in South Huntington for 16 years. He is a leader who inspires, motivates, excites, and understands his students. Mr. Naggar serves as a coach in the classroom and for a variety of sports at Stimson and Walt Whitman.
As a Special Education teacher at Stimson Middle School, Shari Daniello teaches her students essential skills that have a profound impact on their future, ensuring that they are better prepared for the world that waits them. Her room becomes a second home for her students, a place to share experiences, laugh, and most importantly, learn.
As a Special Education teacher at Stimson Middle School, Shari Daniello teaches her students essential skills that have a profound impact on their future, ensuring that they are better prepared for the world that waits them. Her room becomes a second home for her students, a place to share experiences, laugh, and most importantly, learn.
What makes a school great? The answer is simple, great teachers. For the last 24-years, Mrs. Kimberly Latko has dedicated her life to the South Huntington community, providing inspiration, motivation, and drive to students within her classes. She individualizes every student’s experience and ensures that when they leave her classroom they are ready to take on the world.
What makes a school great? The answer is simple, great teachers. For the last 24-years, Mrs. Kimberly Latko has dedicated her life to the South Huntington community, providing inspiration, motivation, and drive to students within her classes. She individualizes every student’s experience and ensures that when they leave her classroom they are ready to take on the world.

The South Huntington Teacher of the Year Awards were held on Wednesday, February 8th at Walt Whitman’s Performing Arts Center. Family, friends, and the community joined in acknowledging this year’s outstanding teachers. 

It was a much-anticipated evening as the South Huntington Board of Education and the district’s administrators gave well-deserved recognition and praise to their top teachers. Joining the Board of Education and administration in honoring our well-deserving teachers was New York Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci.

Congratulations to:

Helma Adde- Birchwood Intermediate School- “I know by speaking to her students that Helma takes the time to get to know them and understand their needs. She takes care of the students socially and emotionally by making each child feel special because she values what each student offers to her classroom family. She recognizes that her students require individualized attention based on who they are, what they already know and what they further need to learn.”

Lisa Hatton- Maplewood Intermediate School and The South Huntington School District Teacher of the Year!- “Where Knowledge meets Inspiration- This is certainly true in the case of Mrs. Lisa Hatton. She demonstrates time and time again and on a daily basis, a natural ability to forge knowledge and inspiration together, and a genuine talent for incorporating those unique and effective ideas into the curriculum, making her instruction top notch. The students in her class benefit from her talents and her creative spirit permeates her classroom and her students become the beneficiaries of outstanding program and delivery.”

Shari Daniello- Stimson Middle School- “As a Special Education teacher, Ms. Daniello teaches her students essential skills that have a profound impact on their future, ensuring that they are better prepared for the world that awaits them. Perhaps Ms. Danielle's greatest attribute as a teacher is her ability to connect with an entire family, visiting the homes of her students and communicating daily with the families of the students she teaches.”

Sue Lamorte- Countrywood Primary School- “She is always willing to embrace new challenges and accept additional responsibilities. She adeptly uses technology to enhance instruction to make learning exciting and meaningful for her youngsters.  Sue's love for teaching and passion for innovative technology are evident in the many projects she participates in. Sue is literally immersed in the culture of our school district, and she is universally respected throughout the community."

Kimberly Latko- Walt Whitman High School- “Mrs. Latko has the innate ability to make students feel as if they are the most important people in the room or even family. It is inspiring to see Mrs. Latko's commitment to reach and motivate each of her students. I can say without pause or reservation that she is one of the most respected faculty members at Walt Whitman. What makes Mrs. Latko so great? Ask anyone and the answer is simple. It is because she cares.”

Lendy Milo- Oakwood Primary School- “Her classroom is a welcoming place with a positive environment conducive to personal growth and academic success. Her passion for learning and teaching is reflected in the enthusiasm of her students. Her instruction is structured to build self-confidence, independence and social awareness. Mrs. Milo is a Teacher Mentor who assists new teachers in planning, assessing and reflecting on lessons for English Language Learners.”

Robin Naggar- Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center- “Mr. Naggar is a leader who inspires, motivates, excites, and understands his students. He looks at the "whole-child" with a sense of understanding, holds them to high expectations, and encourages them to always do their best. Mr. Naggar enthusiastically engages his students through his creativity and talents and encourages them to be lifelong learners."