Renee Madigan Chosen as Long Island Secondary School Teacher of the Year
New Hyde Park Memorial H.S. teacher to be honored at LIU Post’s 54th commencement ceremony, May 4
Gina Bigelow,Associate Director of Public Relations
LIU Post * LIU Brentwood * LIU Riverhead
Brookville, N.Y. -- Renee Madigan believes that teaching transcends the classroom and every day, she puts her belief into action. As a teacher, she fosters a supportive culture of learning in which students are encouraged to embrace knowledge. She is a passionate educator and her students have benefitted under her guidance. On Friday, May 4, Ms. Madigan will be honored as the 2012 Long Island Secondary School Teacher of the Year, at the 54th commencement exercises at LIU Post.
A dynamic and energetic educator, Ms. Madigan has taught social studies at New Hyde Park Memorial High School since 2005. During her seven-year tenure, her courses have included 8th-grade American history, ninth- and tenth-grade global history, geography, Advanced Placement world history, economics, participation in government and criminal justice.
"I challenge my students with innovative projects, including a "Renaissance Newscast," where they conduct research and broadcast major themes of the Renaissance, and a stock market project in which they create their own stock portfolios. "These types of assignments allow them to think beyond the parameters of the classroom," she said.
Outside the classroom, Ms. Madigan is a co-adviser for the Model United Nations Club, which she considers to be one of the most rewarding aspects of her teaching career. At a conference last year at the University of Pennsylvania, her students won a record number of awards, including "Best Delegate."
Ms. Madigan also serves as the junior high school's girl's lacrosse assistant coach and as coordinator for the district's annual homecoming parade and football game. An integral member of the community where she grew up, and now works and resides, Ms. Madigan is described by "Ms. Madigan is a model and an inspiration to her fellow colleagues and students," commented Dr. Ralph Ferrie, superintendent of the Sewanhaka Central High School District. She also participates in several Sewanhaka District programs, including the Coaches versus Cancer Tournament, a charity wheelchair basketball athletic event, and the Darfur Walk against genocide.
Ms. Madigan holds a B.S. in secondary education in social studies from New York University and an M.S. in literacy and an advanced certificate in school district administration from LIU Post. She lives in Floral Park, N.Y.
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