Teacher of the Year Recipients

Debbie Calvino, 2010 new york teacher of the yearDebra Calvino '81 - New York State Teacher of the Year (2010) 

Calvino taught mathematics for 33 years in the Valley Central School District in Orange County, N.Y. before transitioning to Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Testing for the district in 2014.

According to Calvino, excelling as an educator lies in varied teaching techniques, learning each student’s strengths and improving his or her weaknesses, and working with colleagues and the community to better each child.

“A great teacher is student-centered and focused,” she explained. “Regardless of the current thinking, the rhetoric, the economy, or the headlines, good teachers are the heart and soul of supporting and encouraging learners of all ages to become the best they can be.” Read more...


Dana McDonough '91 - New York State Teacher of the Year (2016)

Dana McDonough, Mount graduate, works with students at Fostertown Elementary School.

Dana McDonough, 2016 New York State Teacher of the Year and Mount Saint Mary College alumna, headed back to her alma mater on Thursday, October 8 to discuss her experiences as an educator and to aid aspiring teachers in realizing their academic dreams.

McDonough graduated from the Mount in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in education and in 2000 with a Masters of Science in Education with a reading specialization. She is a second grade teacher at Fostertown Magnet School in the Newburgh City School District, where she has served for 22 years. The Newburgh native holds a permanent New York State certification in elementary education.

McDonough said she first wanted to become a teacher when, at the age of eight, she visited her Aunt Arlene Sosta’s elementary classroom at Gardnertown Fundamental Magnet School.

“The first day I walked in, I knew I had discovered what I wanted to be,” McDonough revealed. “My aunt never said what it took to be a teacher. Instead, she demonstrated it with her commitment and her display of professionalism.” Read more...