NYS Outstanding Teacher

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Kara Zahradnik, a social studies teacher at East Meadow High School, has been selected as the 2017-2018 New York State Outstanding Social Studies High School Classroom Teacher by the New York State Council for the Social Studies.

According to the NYSCSS website, the award is separated among elementary, middle school and high school levels and recognizes exceptional social studies teachers at each of these levels. Nominations are based on the instructor’s abilities to develop or use instructional materials creatively and effectively; incorporate innovative instructional strategies and techniques; foster a spirit of inquiry; and foster the development of democratic beliefs and values, and the skills needed for students to become effective citizens.

Sheena Jacob, social studies department chairperson at East Meadow High School, nominated Zahradnik based on her accomplishments in education and the discipline. 

“What sets Kara apart from other teachers is not only what she does for her students and the community, but also the passion and love that she brings to the building every day,” said Jacob. “Her colleagues and administrators appreciate her efforts and trust her judgment.”

A grateful Zahradnik added, “I am thankful for my students, colleagues and family, who made it possible for me to pursue a career that is very fulfilling. I greatly appreciate the NYSCSS for granting me this honor and recognition.” 

The district congratulates Zahradnik on earning this notable award and inspiring students and faculty to excel.