18-19 Teachers of the Year

Teachers and Educational Services Professionals of the Year
Photo: Mr. Salgado (top left), Mrs. Gale Mangold (top right), Ms. Leah Jerome (bottom left), and Mrs. Danielle Macaluso

Pictured top left to right: Mr. Robert Salgado and Mrs. Gale Mangold (Pascack Hills)

Bottom, left to right: Ms. Leah Jerome and Mrs. Danielle Macaluso (Pascack Valley)


We are pleased to announce the 2018-2019 Teachers and Educational Services Professionals of the year for Pascack Hills and Pascack Valley High Schools!  This year, we recognize Mr. Robert Salgado (Pascack Hills Special Education teacher) and Ms. Leah Jerome (Pascack Valley Social Studies teacher) as our Teachers of the Year. Our Educational Services Professionals of the Year are Mrs. Gale Mangold (Pascack Hills Student Assistance Counselor) and Mrs. Danielle Macaluso (Pascack Valley LDT-C).


When recognizing each teacher and professional in their respective classrooms and offices, Superintendent Gundersen shared quotes from students and colleagues who nominated the recipients.  Below, are a few of these quotes, which best describe the character of the recipients, and their impact on our school community.

Photo: Mr. Robert Salgado


"I think that he [Mr. Salgado] truly cares about the kids he works with and without a doubt a teacher that students genuinely respect. He without a doubt deserves this award." -- Student



Photo: Ms. Leah Jerome

"Being a teacher is easy. But being a good teacher takes skill, patience, compassion, and rigor that Ms. Jerome has and demonstrates in abundance. To say that she deserves the recognition of this award would be an understatement. " -- Student



Photo: Mrs. Gale Mangold

"Gale Mangold is fully devoted to her role as a Student Assistance Counselor. She works tirelessly, often well beyond school hours, to coordinate care for students. In situations where many might feel that everything has been tried, Gale never gives up. She is known for going above-and-beyond the call of duty." -- Colleague


Photo: Mrs. Danielle Macaluso

"As a child study team member, finding the balance between pushing a student and giving them the support they need can be a difficult task, which Danielle manages very well. She goes above and beyond for so many of her students and at times is like a second mother to these students. She has made a difference in the lives of so many past and present students." -- Colleague


We congratulate all of this year's recipients for all of their continued efforts to make our district a special place.


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