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Jeff Hall, Kathleen Johansen named Outstanding Educators

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Two members of the Liberty Central School District community will be presented with an Outstanding Educator of the Year award during the Sullivan County School Boards Association’s (SCSBA) Annual Dinner Meeting at the Villa Roma in Callicoon, NY on Wednesday, May 25. The award is designed to honor an educator was has gone above and beyond and have made a significant impact on the education of children in Sullivan County.

Jeff Hall, an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher from Liberty Middle School and Kathleen Lambert-Johansen, an art teacher and department chair at Liberty High School will both be honored with Outstanding Educator awards.

As a dedicated ESL teacher, Mr. Hall works to make content relevant to students and builds on their existing strengths from their previous education in their home classrooms.

“He has successfully incorporated technology within his classroom, using iPads within his curriculum,” Liberty Middle School Assistant Principal Richard Schacher said. “His lessons are very comprehensive, utilizing many techniques to help the students learn and grow.”

In addition, Mr. Hall works with his ESL students with all of their courses. As a result, students know Mr. Hall and many seek him out throughout the day and consider his classroom to be a wonderfully diverse atmosphere where all are welcome.

Mrs. Lambert-Johansen’s enthusiasm, innovativeness, and genuine concern for the arts in education are exemplary and are appreciated by the entire Liberty community. Her flexibility in working with students, teachers, and the public has earned her an enviable reputation as an excellent teacher who truly cares about art and people.

Through her enthusiasm, hard work, and careful planning, Liberty students have won many awards in competitions and had their work displayed in places such as the Liberty Museum, The Catskill Art Society, SUNY Sullivan and the Village of Liberty.

“Under her leadership, the art program across the district has benefitted. It includes activities to meet the individual needs of all children,” Liberty High School Assistant Principal, Anthony Sinacore said. “She demonstrates the highest level of professional commitment and competency in her work. To carry out her professional responsibilities, she gives generously of her valuable time, and often her work extends beyond the school day.

The SCSBA’s annual dinner will be held on May 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Villa Roma Club House in Callicoon, New York. For more information, please click here.

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