|North Syracuse Central School District Science Teacher Named
2017 New York State Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Amy Hysick, the 2017 New York State Teacher of the Year. This week, Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia presented Hysick, a science teacher at Cicero-North Syracuse High School in Cicero, with a certificate of recognition as well as the Thomas Sobol Award and the David Johnson Award, both created as annual gifts for recipients of the Teacher of the Year award.
Hysick, the 47th New York State Teacher of the Year, has taught in the North Syracuse Central School District for 12 years. She currently teaches Regents Biology (Living Environment) at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
Hysick believes that building relationships with students is the key to unlocking their motivation and engaging them. One way she fosters relationships with her own students is by housing the school's reptile collection in her classroom. She uses her sewing skills to create "over-the-top" costumes to support school Spirit Week, and other school events, to further connect with students and help to build a positive school culture. Volunteer activities through her church help to strengthen ties with students, families, and the community outside the school setting.
In the coming year, Hysick will serve as an ambassador for teachers throughout the state and will be the New York State nominee for the National Teacher of the Year.