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“Apple of My Eye” contest recognizes four outstanding Warwick teachers

on April 21, 2016

illustration of an appleFour Warwick Valley Central School District teachers were recently recognized as exceptional teachers by The Warwick Foundation for Excellence in Learning (WFEL) and Noble Pies as part of their second annual “Apple of My Eye” contest.

For the contest, students nominate a teacher who is the “Apple of My Eye” to that student. One teacher at each school was chosen from among the submitted nominations, and winners were awarded an apple pie donated by Noble Pies of Warwick.

The 2016 winners are:

  • Jenny Willemse –Augelli, Sanfordville Elementary School

    Mrs. Augelli with Noble Pies owners and student

    Leslie Noble, Abigail Eicher, Jenny Willemse-Augelli and Tom Herman

    Mrs. Willemse-Augelli has taught in Warwick for 18 years.

    “The students are the reason I love teaching! Being able to provide knowledge of the unknown to children, and watch as this knowledge grows, inspires me,” said Mrs. Willemse-Augelli. “Children love to learn, and when I’m able to see their excitement and success, it reminds me just how much I love teaching!

    Mrs. Willemse -Augelli was nominated by student Abigail Eicher, who wrote about Mrs. Willemse-Augelli’s organization skills and how much fun she is. She added, “Mrs. Augelli helps us to be good friends to each other. She tries to give us smooth conversations instead of yelling at the class.”

  • Theresa Canfield, Park Avenue Elementary School

    Leane Goff, Elijah, and Theresa Canfield

    Leane Goff, Elijah, and Theresa Canfield

    Mrs. Canfield has been teaching for 28 years and in Warwick for 23 years.

    “Being a teacher is a dream come true. I want to be the inspiration that drives my kids to do their best and to never give up,” said Mrs. Canfield.

    She was nominated by the Workman-Brown family, who wrote, “Mrs. Canfield went right into action getting our son the extra help that he needed until an evaluation could be done. She has shown Elijah and I so much love, patience, kindness and understanding towards our new journey and we wanted to say thank you.”

  • Edward Mesic, Warwick Valley Middle School

    Tom Herman, Leslie Noble, Edward Mesic and Conor Larsen

    Tom Herman, Leslie Noble, Edward Mesic and Conor Larsen

    Mr. Mesic has been teaching for 21 years at the middle school.

    “I have always been so fortunate to be able to work with such passionate and caring students. Teaching is so rewarding and enjoyable with such enthusiastic and involved kids!” said Mr. Mesic. “Their kindness and thoughtfulness is evident in their consideration to nominate their teachers for recognition.”

    Mr. Mesic was nominated by Conor Larsen who wrote, “Mr. Mesic has undoubtedly been my favorite and most influential teacher. He not only educated me in science but as a person. When I was in Mr. Mesic’s class I felt I had a teacher that was also my friend. I could have conversations with him about science or anything. He also influenced me in music by first teaching me how to play bass in guitar club. I still love playing the bass! Mr. Mesic has been a positive influence on my life as a student and for my future, as I plan to study science in college. He made me want to learn more every day. Mr. Mesic is an excellent teacher and deserves my thanks. (and a pie!)”

  • Joseph Mita, Warwick Valley High School

    Jessica Greenberg and Joseph Mita

    Jessica Greenberg and Joseph Mita

    Mr. Mita has been teaching in Warwick for 10 years.

    “Teaching, to me, is the opportunity to inspire a life-long love of learning,” said Mr. Mita, who was nominated by Jessica Greenberg. Jessica wrote, “Mr. Mita is one of my favorite teachers. He is the only teacher who has ever pushed me to be so much better than I am. He shows how much he loves his job and how much he actually cares about his students. His critical thinking class has made a huge impact on my life and I will always remember everything he has ever taught me.”

Thank you to all of our teachers, who make a difference every day in the lives of students throughout the district.

2016 “Apple of My Eye” nominees were:

Park Avenue Elementary School:
Mrs. Barnes, Mrs. Canfield, Mrs. Cassidy, Mrs. Caswall, Mrs. Hobart, Mrs. Katz, Mrs. Ramus, Mrs. Weyant, Mrs. Woglom

Sanfordville Elementary School:
Mrs. Bloomer, Mrs. Bonetti, Mrs. Dopico, Mrs. Guido, Mrs. Introini, Mr. Kirschke, Mrs. Nachtigal, Mrs. Willemse-Augelli

Warwick Valley Middle School:
Mrs. Begley, Mrs. Brady, Miss Breedveld, Mr. Botta, Mrs. Buteau, Ms. Flynn, Mrs. Gouveia, Mr. Kelly, Mrs. King, Mrs. King-Steinberg, Ms. Lane, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Mesic, Mr. Muehlbauer, Ms. Piasck, Ms. Rueckert, Mrs. Samman

Warwick Valley High School:
Mr. Barquero, Ms. Debella, Mr. Manno, Mrs. Marcolina, Mr. Mita, Ms. Murphy, Ms. Price, Mr. Zwart

Thank you to WFEL and Noble Pies for helping to celebrate excellent teachers!

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