Gov. Andrew Cuomo has presented Adel Bouallagui, a Rochester City School District ESOL teacher at Vanguard Collegiate High School, with the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award.
The award recognizes outstanding educators who exemplify the highest professional standards, and work to inspire students, instill a love of learning, and ensure school is exciting, motivating and challenging, according to state officials.
Bouallagui has been an educator for the past 12 years, working in ESOL, special education, and in after school and summer programs in both the Rochester and Syracuse City School Districts.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism, as well as a master’s degree in teaching from SUNY Empire State College, and a master’s in media and arts from Long Island University.
A total of 61 winners have received the award, hailing from every region of the state, and working with students in grades Pre-K-12.
Currently, the awardees teach subjects such as music, math, reading, science, technical education and art, the state said.
In addition, each recipient will also receive $5,000 for professional development activities.
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