When it comes to teachers making a difference in the lives of those they teach, Tracy Henry is no exception. It’s no wonder why she was named the 2016 New York State Association of Family and Consumer Science Educators (NYSAFCSE) Teacher of the Year.
On Wednesday, September 6, Henry, a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Shaker Junior High, was surprised when her NYSAFCSE colleagues Sheryl Garofano and Shirley Ware made an appearance at one of Henry’s opening day faculty meetings. Garofano and Ware surprised Henry further when they awarded her with one of the highest recognitions given in New York State, naming her Teacher of the Year.
The Teacher of the Year (TOY) Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of education through their effectiveness as a teacher and dedication to the profession of Family and Consumer Sciences. Each local area may nominate one Teacher of the Year. From this group, the State Teacher of the Year is selected.
Henry was chosen for her outstanding work in and out of the classroom as well as her professional involvement at the local and state levels. She has been teaching in the Capital Region for over 15 years and has been with North Colonie since 2007. Her innovative teaching techniques and her welcoming persona has made her an asset at Shaker Junior High.
“Students enjoy working and communicating with Ms. Henry,” said Russ Moore, Principal of Shaker Junior High School. “Not only does she create a positive learning environment, she thoroughly engages the students with her energetic and thoughtful demeanor.”
“Tracy has great energy and passion for her classes and her students” said CTE Supervisor, Eric Phillips.
She is extremely dedicated to her students and her program. Henry has made a point to become a voice within the FACS department and it has become her mission to promote the amazing opportunities offered in the districts FACS program.
Congratulations to Tracy Henry on her wonderful achievement and her dedication to the district!