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Outstanding Utica school employees honored

By CAROLINE GABLE

UTICA, NY (WKTV) Crowds packed Tuesday night's Utica School Board meeting. But most of the residents seated weren't present to give their opinions on a controversial issue. Instead they were there in support of two very dedicated employees of the Utica school system.

The Vice President of the Utica School Board, Lou LaPolla, addressed the school board to honor the two outstanding people in the district.

The first award was for outstanding employee. It was presented to Louis Castelli, for the work he's done as a custodian for JFK Middle School.

Fellow teachers say Castelli is much more than a custodian. He's worked in the Utica School District for fourteen years. He's a Proctor High School graduate, who is known for always going to extra mile.

"There are a lot of people at JFK that are wonderful, that give a lot, but it was very nice to be recognized and acknowledged and nominated," Castelli said. "I'm just happy, very happy about it!"

The educator of the month award went to Josephine Tebano, an Italian language teacher at JFK Middle School.

Tebano is a Fullbright Scholar, who raves about her school's Spring International Night.
Tebano has worked in the school system since 1985 and wants all of her students to embrace learning about their own cultures much like she has about Italy.

"Whatever your heritage is, you should go with your family, I tell my brother this all the time, (he should take his children) you should go and experience your heritage because no one else can share it with you like they can, and its too late if you don't do it," said Tebano.

The educator of the month was nominated from one hundred teachers, and the employee of the month award was chosen amongst 40 support staff employees.

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