Ms. Pia Caro and Mr. James Guara are this year’s Outstanding Educator and Friend To Education

The Sullivan County School Boards Association recently announced that they’ll be honoring Liberty High School teacher Maria ‘Pia’ Caro and Liberty Parks and Rec Assistant Director James Guara as the recipients of this year’s Sullivan County Outstanding Educator Award and Friend to Education Award, respectively.

Both of these awards honor individuals who have made an impact on the education of children in Sullivan County. Ms. Caro and Mr. Guara will receive their awards at a dinner at The Sullivan on Wednesday, May 29. Cocktail hour will include h’oeuvres with a cash bar; a buffet dinner and dessert will follow. The cost is $37 per person.

Mrs. Caro has been teaching at Liberty High School since 2013. She has a zeal for teaching students English, instilling a love for literature, and preparing them to excel on the English Language Arts Regents Exam. Her dedication only starts with the fact that she is the last teacher in the building each day. The energy and enthusiasm that she displays in her lessons can be equated to a performance which she adapts throughout her lesson in order to sustain the attention of her students. The tireless hours of preparation that Mrs. Caro spends researching and developing her lessons and the technology she entwined in them is justified by the results she achieves.

As the needs of students in the District have changed, and a transitioning educational climate has burgeoned, Mrs. Caro is at the forefront of meeting these challenges through her energetic, engaging, technology spiraled lessons, and units. Her ability to change the pace of lessons, build capacity in students to read and write at a level that meets or exceeds the requirements of the New York State ELA Regents is only the beginning of her relentless approach to student growth and achievement. Mrs. Caro is known amongst her peers as a technology guru, who seeks to combine the newest technology resources with research based pedagogical techniques. Her ability to use technology at its highest form of learning can only be described as awe-inspiring. Mrs. Caro integrates technology in her lessons at the highest levels, the transformational stages of Modification and Redefinition.

As the Assistant Director of the Liberty Parks and Recreation Department, James works on behalf of both the community and the school to provide experiences that are fun, informative and enriching to all those fortunate to be a part of them.

James has been with Parks and Recreation for the past five years, and has planned and executed many events for our community.  He is the epitome of Liberty Pride which is warranted through his dedication, pride and zeal for teaching and instructing our youth to be upstanding citizens in society.  The energy and enthusiasm that he displays on a daily basis is evident in the many lives he touches each day.

James has lead the Youth Warriors football program to consecutive undefeated seasons with under the lights game experiences for young athletes.  James has brought free training clinics to Liberty Central School for all residents and is an active member of the town and Wellness committee.

James also takes the leadership role in guiding high school students during Hanofee Day Camp, giving students a chance to take on real life responsibilities.  James is always looking to better himself which directly impacts the counselors working at Hanofee Day Camp as well as anyone he encounters.  The softball program and wrestling program at Liberty Central Schools, as well as many other programs in the Town of Liberty, have been redefined thanks to James’ drive, motivation, and willpower.  James’ experience, passion, and integrity makes him a hardworking, wholesome individual.  As James often says and certainly abides by, “To be a good leader, you have to be a good follower.”