Debra Villano: NYSEC Educator of Excellence
On Friday, October 21st at the New York State English Council's annual conference in Albany, Mrs. Debra Villano was recognized as an Educator of Excellence in the Middle School Division. On November 16th, our Board of Education celebrated her outstanding contributions to the Island Trees School District.
Nominated by her peers for her outstanding contributions to ITMMS, Debra Villano, a master teacher, possesses the traits of a successful educator: social and emotional intelligence, academic prowess, expert knowledge, flexibility, forward thinking, creativity, humor, and a strong work ethic. However, it is her humility that sets her apart from others, for her drive to improve the lives of children informs her every decision and fuels her efforts. In her nomination letter, Amanda Steele writes: "Debbie Villano is, in my opinion, an unsung hero. She gives so much of herself to her students and colleagues, and asks nothing in return."
Many of Mrs. Villano's students shared their thoughts on their teacher. One student highlighted Mrs. Villano's positive impact, claiming: "I would have given anything for her to be my teacher for all subjects for the rest of my academic career! I admire Mrs. Villano very much, and I definitely wish to be like her when I am older."
Yet another student praised Mrs. Villano for her willingness to reach all: "Mrs. Villano is one of my favorite teachers because we always learned and had fun doing it. No matter what lesson or project we were working on, Mrs. Villano made sure we got it and understood it completely before she moved on to something new. I always felt confident when we had a test or quiz in her class because she taught everything so well."
Mrs. Debbie Villano has been a proud member of the Island Trees Memorial Middle School English Department for 17 years, and the positive energy she brings with her each and every day touches each and every one of her students and colleagues throughout the building. The Island Trees School Community is so very proud of Mrs. Villano!
Submitted by Elizabeth Roemer, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction