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Phys Ed Student Teachers Commended

Sixteen senior physical education majors were recently honored by SUNY Cortland with Lenore K. Alway/Anthony P. Tesori Awards for their exceptional work in student teaching in New York state schools during the Fall 2012 semester.

Faculty members of the Physical Education Department selected seven women and nine men for the recognition and the students received certificates.

The Alway award, given to women, acknowledges the late Lenore K. Alway, the pioneering head of women’s physical education at the College from 1941 to 1965. The men’s award honors Anthony P. Tesori, a 1939 graduate who earned the College’s C-Club Hall of Fame Award for his achievements before and after graduation and gave the College many years of leadership in athletics and administration.

The Alway Award honorees and the schools or school districts where they completed their teaching for Fall 2012 are:

Amy Chaffee of Watkins Glen, N.Y., at Northside Blodgett Middle School in Corning, N.Y., and Newfield (N.Y.) Elementary School.

Megan Milhaven of Cortland, at McGraw (N.Y.) Junior Senior High School and Newark Valley (N.Y.) Middle School.

Jamie Boldish of Cortland, in the Albany City School District in Albany, N.Y., and Shenendehowa Central School District in Clifton Park, N.Y.

Tracy McClure of Palmyra, N.Y., at the Early Childhood Education Center in Victor, N.Y., and Palmyra-Macedon High School in Palmyra, N.Y.

Daniela Denis of Ossining, N.Y., at Walter Panas High School in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., and Washington Irving Interim School in Tarrytown, N.Y.

Michelle Krisa of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., at Mahopac High School in Mahopac, N.Y., and Buchanen-Verplanck Elementary School in the Hendrick-Hudson City School District in Montrose, N.Y.

Erin Kollar of East Islip, N.Y., at Hemlock Park Elementary School in Bay Shore, N.Y., and Seneca Middle School in Holbrook, N.Y. 

The Tesori Award honorees and the schools or school districts where they completed their teaching for Fall 2012 are:

Justen Mills of Liberty, N.Y., at Sullivan West Elementary School in Jeffersonville, N.Y., and Sullivan West Secondary School in Lake Huntington, N.Y.

J. Trenton Jones of Clifton Springs, N.Y., at Victor Junior High School in Victor, N.Y., and North Street Elementary School in Geneva, N.Y.

Mark Arcara of Harrison, N.Y., at Pleasantville High School in Pleasantville, N.Y., and Traphagen Elementary School in Mount Vernon, N.Y.

Albert Mercado of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., at Sargent Elementary School in Beacon, N.Y., and Dover High School in Dover Plains, N.Y.

Sam Sotsky of Scarsdale, N.Y., at Traphagen Elementary School in Mount Vernon, N.Y., and Ardsley Middle School in Ardsley, N.Y.

Ryan Spillane of North Salem, N.Y., at John Jay High School in Salem, N.Y., and Oakside High School in Peekskill, N.Y.

Andrew Barbano of Oneida, NY at Rome Free Academy in Rome, N.Y., and Harts Hill School in Whitesboro, N.Y.

Michael Blair of Sherrill, N.Y., at Otto L Shortell Middle School in Wampsville, N.Y., and North Broad Street School in Oneida, N.Y.

Anthony DiRienzo of Lancaster, N.Y., at PS 80 Highgate Heights Elementary School in the Buffalo City School District, and Clarence Middle School in Clarence, N.Y.

For more information, contact the Physical Education Department at 607-753-5577.