Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District teacher Sarah Norton has been selected as the recipient of the Promising New Professional Award from the Long Island Family and Consumer Science Educators. This award is given to a teacher with less than eight years of experience, recognizing excellence in the classroom.
Norton teaches family and consumer science at Merrick Avenue Middle School and Kennedy High School, focusing on child and human development, food and nutrition, and gourmet foods. In addition, she works with the students in the school-based BOCES program teaching life skills.
During the May 4 Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District board meeting, Norton was recognized for her achievement.
“Norton is passionate and enthusiastic about her subject area,” said Board Vice President Janet Goller. “She is constantly developing creative lessons and activities that have real life application.”
This includes bringing her students to the Charles A. Reinhard Early Childhood Center to read to youngsters, organizing a bring your child to work day for faculties children, integrating age-appropriate activities and food choices, sponsoring a cupcake war through her gourmet food class and inviting speakers into her classes to discuss social issues such as gender identity in order to enrich the curriculum.
She has established a wonderful relationship with her students and colleagues. She is working closely with Michael DiGiovanni, a family and consumer science teacher, to prepare for the expansion of the champ program and will undoubtedly become an integral part of this program.
“Norton truly exemplifies the dedication, work ethic, creativity, compassion, collegially and professionalism of a remarkable young teacher,” said Goller.