The Liverpool Central School District honored three individuals for their
contributions during Opening Day activities on Sept. 7.
Kim O'Neil, a third grade teacher at Liverpool Elementary, was honored as
the 2010 LCSD Teacher of the Year.
O'Neil joined the District in 1977, and since then has taken on the role of elementary teacher, middle school teacher, librarian and assistant principal. She truly believes in bringing the world into the classroom and creating global citizens.
During the last two years, her students have participated in videoconferences with students in Germany, where they have had the opportunity to learn about each other and their cultures. And in March, O'Neil helped bring the Maxwell School at Syracuse University's Moynihan European Research Center to LE as part of an outreach program that provides Central New York elementary school students with a first-hand look at European countries and cultures.
In 2010, O'Neil was honored by the New York State Council for the Social Studies as its Elementary Teacher of the Year, and in 2009, she was honored by the Central New York Council for the Social Studies as its Elementary Teacher of the Year.
Cheryl Iorio, a special education teaching assistant at Long Branch Elementary, was named the 2010 LCSD Staff Person of the Year.
Iorio joined the district in August 1999, and her dedication to Long Branch Elementary goes beyond the classroom walls. She volunteers her time for many LBE events and activities, including the annual Empty Bowls Dinner, Back to School Night, LBE Ski Club and the LBE Book Fair, where she has dressed as Clifford the Big Red Dog or Franklin the Turtle.
In addition, Iorio tutors thir- through sixth-graders in reading and math during the summer months, and has participated in several district summer schools, including Liverpool Early Education Program Summer School, I Can Be Successful Summer School, Special Education Summer School and the LCSD Science Camp.