Harborfields Teacher Named Educator of the Month

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Fifth-grade science teacher Alison Kraham was recognized as the Dowling College and News 12 Long Island Educator of the Month. (Left to right): Assistant Superintendent for Business William Nimmo, Superintendent of Schools Diana Todaro, Alison Kraham, TJL Principal Florence Tuzzi and Dean of the School of Education at Dowling College Dr. Clyde Payne.

Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School in the Harborfields Central School District is honored to congratulate fifth-grade science teacher Alison Hagen Kraham on her recent recognition as the Dowling College and News 12 Long Island Educator of the Month.

Mrs. Kraham, who has taught the fifth grade at TJL for the last 13 years, was the central focus of an assembly held on Tuesday, February 28, during which she received a certificate of congratulations. Those who spoke on her behalf during the presentation included Superintendent Diana Todaro, TJL Principal Florence Tuzzi and Dean of the School of Education at Dowling College Dr. Clyde Payne.

Teachers are nominated for the honor in the form of a letter of recommendation, accompanied by the teacher’s resume, additional letters of support, and materials highlighting the teacher’s success (newspaper articles, special recognitions, etc.). Two or more students who have benefited from the educational guidance of the nominee provide additional recommendations. A panel of judges then chooses the top 12 ranking applications from those submitted. Mrs. Kraham’s application was among the top two selected.

“Alison motivates students and nurtures their desire to learn in a safe, healthy and supportive environment that develops compassion and mutual respect,” remarked Tuzzi. “In her role as a science educator, she uses hands-on instruction to promote skill development, selecting content and methods appropriate for the students and for the design of the classroom environment that promote positive attitudes toward science and technology.”

Students expressed their appreciation for Kraham’s teaching style. “She plays the guitar in class, and it makes learning science fun,” said student Ben Petito. “She is like another mom because she is always there to help you.”

Referencing time spent at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where Kraham attended space camp, Dr. Payne commented, “These are the kinds of teachers who need to be celebrated, the ones who go the distance to enhance their students’ experiences.”

As Educator of the Month, Mrs. Kraham will be featured in a promotional commercial to be aired on News 12. She will also attend an awards dinner with the other award recipients and their guests, in celebration of their achievement and dedication to their craft.

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