Gloversville teacher named 2015 NYS Teacher of Year

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Gloversville Enlarged School District teacher Charles Giglio was named the 2015 Teacher of the Year by the New York State Board of Regents Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Giglio, the 45th NYS Teacher of the Year, has been teaching at Gloversville Middle School and Gloversville High School for the past nine years. While recognized for reviving the district’s now flourishing Latin program, Giglio also has been able to reach out to students and teachers beyond the language program and is known as a mentor, a tutor, a supporter, a listener and an inspiration to others.

“Mr. Giglio is more than just a great teacher, he exemplifies the commitment and dedication necessary to achieve excellence in 21st century education.” Superintendent of Schools Michael B. Vanyo said. “The impact that a dedicated professional like Mr. Giglio can have on his students – and students and teachers districtwide – is beyond measure. Gloversville is truly fortunate to have Mr. Giglio.”

Known as “Mr. G” by his students and others, Giglio can often be seen offering guidance and advice to students outside of class and attending extracurricular activities. He annually organizes field trips to such locations as New York City, Washington, D.C. and Italy and also regularly brings to school Tanner, his certified, licensed therapy dog, for students’ enjoyment and comfort.

“The selection of Mr. Giglio as the 2015 New York Teacher of the Year is an honor that is well-deserved, for not only for him, but our entire Gloversville staff,” Gloversville High School Principal Dr. Richard DeMallie said. “Mr. Giglio’s recognition as Teacher of the Year shines a light on the many great things going on in our district. One of Mr. Giglio’s goals from the start was to have everyone know about the Gloversville Enlarged School District, and now he will achieve that. Words cannot describe how proud we are of Mr. Giglio.”

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Mr. Giglio greeting a student on the first day of school this year.

Giglio’s career in education spans more than 50 years, beginning as a fifth-grade teacher in Manhattan. He started teaching in Gloversville following his retirement as the deputy director of the New York State Office of Mental Health Bureau of Forensic Services when he decided to re-enter the field, out of his love and passion for teaching, to take over the Gloversville Latin program in January 2006.

It was the district’s intention to have Giglio, phase out the small Latin program, but instead, he was able to rebuild and enhance it.

Today, the Gloversville Latin program features an Alumni Club, and the program is connected with SUNY Albany’s University in the High School Program, which gives Gloversville Latin students the opportunity to earn college credits. He now works collaboratively with Union and Skidmore College professors to promote Latin and is a member of the area’s Latin teacher consortium, which creates Latin exams for Capital Region high schools.

During his career, Giglio has taught Latin, English, theology and typing at schools in New York City, New Jersey and Staten Island and was a school principal in New York City’s Chinatown and at a residential school in Pomona.

“Teachers have always been the backbone of the nation’s citizenry, social conscience and academic excellence,” Giglio said. “It’s truly an honor to be recognized among the many excellent teachers across the state that undertake this sacred endeavor.”

Giglio is a graduate of Long Island University in New York City, where he earned a master’s degree in bilingual and urban education; Fordham University in New York City, where he received a diploma in administration and supervision; Richmond College on Staten Island, N.Y., where he earned a master’s degree in secondary education; and the Catholic University of America in Washington, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Latin and Greek.

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