Mary Siano, a special education teacher at William Floyd Elementary School has been named a 2010-2011 Dowling College/News 12 Educator of the Month. Nominations were accepted from schools throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties and chosen from more than 50 applicants by a committee of distinguished educators.
Ms. Siano has been teaching students with disabilities in the William Floyd School District since 1993. She excels in the classroom and exudes patience, tenderness and respect to her students. She is a dedicated volunteer in community and building-level initiatives; serving as a contributing member of the district’s Program Improvement Team and Life Skills Program Review Team where she has collaborated with staff and parents to enrich the lives of special education students. “One of Mary’s most admirable traits is the tremendous amount of effort that she puts into every task she undertakes,” said Keith Fasciana, principal of William Floyd Elementary School. “She always goes above and beyond what is expected of her.”
Mary serves on various districtwide committees and has been recognized in the past for her excellence by the Association of Suffolk Supervisors of Educational Technology (ASSET), SCOPE Education Services and with a teacher appreciation award from former New York State Senator Caesar Trunzo.
Ms. Siano earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social and Interdisciplinary Sciences from Stony Brook University and her Master’s degree in Special Education from Dowling College. Dr. Clyde Payne, the Dean of the Dowling College School of Education, presented the award to Mary at an in-school awards ceremony. A special feature presentation announcing the award is scheduled to air multiple times on News 12.