It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and each day five educators throughout the region will be featured in recognition of their hard work and dedication.
Teacher Appreciation Week is presented through a partnership between NEWSChannel 2, The Genesis Group and First Source Credit Union.
Here are Monday’s honorees and the messages submitted by those who nominated them:
Jennifer Karram is a Teacher’s Assistant at West Canada Valley Central School District. Jennifer previously owned a successful insurance business before her love of children changed her career path.
She went back to school, received her certification and began substitute teaching part time in the Valley. She was soon hired full time at West Canada Valley Central School District where she herself was a graduate.
Jennifer quickly gained the admiration of the teachers and of those she works. Jennifer is loved by her students!
Jenny Mueller is a Special Education Pre-K Teacher through Herkimer Boces. While new to education in early childhood, she has been teaching adult students for approximately six years. Jenny engages her students with her enthusiasm every day. Jenny has been a registered nurse for 10 years and taught adult nursing students prior to the transition to become an elementary educator.
She advocates for her students and helps make changes in their learning plan that provide them with tools to grow and learn. Through compassion and dedication, Jenny makes a difference everyday...and we are thankful for her.
Ryan Tabolt is an Automotive Collision Repair Instructor at Madison-Oneida BOCES in Verona. Ryan Tabolt was a student in Jeff Richmond’s Auto Body program at MOBOCES in his junior and senior year. After graduation he worked as a technician in a collision shop, and it was then that he told his wife he would love to be a teacher. His career brought him full circle when in 2018 he started teaching Automotive Collision Repair in the CTE program at MOBOCES!
What he loves most about the program is teaching students the skills that he is so passionate about. Because of his work, some of his students are provided internships at the Davidson Automotive Group.
“He has done such a good job during the past year trying to keep his program engaging and exciting. He does videos of everything in the lab and is creating a great video library of virtual field trips to all our area auto collision facilities,” said Kathryn Allen, director of Career and Technical Education Program at Madison-Oneida BOCES. Thank you Ryan!
Devon Rappa is a Pre-K Teacher at Central Valley Central School District in the Fisher Elementary building. Devon has been a teacher for over 15 years with the district and has always gone above and beyond to advocate and provide a great learning environment for her students.
Through the difficult transitions of the pandemic, Devon endured repeated situations which she faced head on with her enthusiastic personality. We are proud of her accomplishments as an educator and thankful that she has dedicated herself to working in our district.
I would like to nominate my daughter’s teacher Alana Flemma, a kindergarten teacher at Westmoreland Road Elementary School in the Whitesboro Central School District. Mrs. Flemma has been an awesome teacher for my daughter. My daughter is learning a lot and she loves going to school everyday. She actually gets upset when she has to stay home because she wants to be at school to see Mrs. Flemma. A couple of months ago I was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer.
Mrs. Flemma reached out to me right away to ask how she could help. It would have been impossible for me to fight this cancer battle without the support of Mrs. Flemma. I know that no matter what happens to me, Mrs. Flemma will be there for my daughter. That is the greatest feeling a mother can have.
Mrs. Flemma not only helps her students learn with their brains, she also helps them learn with their hearts....by supporting them emotionally and being there for them. Mrs. Flemma is our family’s favorite teacher and we are honored to nominate her to be recognized during Teacher Appreciation Week.