Fox 40 is honoring teachers and staff who go above and beyond for their students and school community.

This week, we stopped by Chenango Forks Middle School, where one science teacher is getting state-wide recognition for her work. Eighth grade science teacher, Nichole Hantsch is a finalist for the New York State Board of Regents, Teacher of the Year. 

In her sixteen years of experience, she has become a mentor for many, knowing to be an effective teacher, you have to adapt. "Really the heart of teaching is just doing what's best for them. The students are going to change from year. The way they learn is going to change even within a year." 

Something that makes Mrs. Hantsch's classroom different than others, she emphasizes the importance of collaboration among her students. "I want them to feel like going to science class is something that is going to be a fun and enjoyable experience." Said Hantsch. "And to have less of me just being the person that just gives them information to remember. I want them to experience the learning."

She says collaboration in the classroom, teaches her students skills that go beyond science. "I regularly remind them like, you don't have to be best friends... but we do have to work together. We have to help each other." 

Congratulations Mrs. Hantsch!

If you have a teacher or staff member you would like to nominate, you can reach out to [email protected] with an example on why this person deserves to be recognized.