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Maria Fontaine EGTA Teacher of the Year

School Social Worker Maria Fontaine with EGTA President Drew Romanowski and Red Mill students.

One doesn’t need to be a traditional classroom teacher to help students learn and grow at school. Social Worker Maria Fontaine is proof of that as she serves students at Green Meadow and Red Mill Elementary Schools by providing individual and group counseling services; class lessons for character education traits, life skills and wellness topics; intervention services; and offering consultation to school staff and parents.

In recognition of her daily positive impact on students, Ms. Fontaine was named Teacher of the Year by the East Greenbush Teachers Association. The annual award, which was first given out in 1970, is voted on by the hundreds of members in the EGTA.

“To be recognized as support personnel was even more of an honor for me because it truly means that my colleagues appreciate not just the support I may be giving them, but also their students and families,” said Ms. Fontaine. “I’m very humbled and grateful.”

Ms. Fontaine has worked in East Greenbush Central School District for the past 14 years. Prior to that, she worked as a school social worker in Florida.

In addition to her regular job duties, Ms. Fontaine contributes to special programs that directly benefit students. She coordinates the After School Enrichment Program, the annual Character Education Walk and the new Backpack Program at Red Mill. She also serves on the Red Mill and Green Meadow Instructional Support Teams.

“My favorite part of my job is connecting with the students,” Ms. Fontaine said. “Just knowing that I am one part of their life that hopefully is meaningful and positive is so gratifying.”

Ms. Fontaine received the Teacher of the Year award from EGTA President Drew Romanowski at a surprise announcement on April 15 at Red Mill.

“The East Greenbush Teachers Association Teacher of the Year award is one of the most distinguished honors that any teacher can earn as it is decided upon by our teachers,” said EGTA President Drew Romanowski, who teaches social studies at Columbia High School. “Maria Fontaine is celebrated as one of our very best and joins some of the finest educators ever to earn the award.”

EGTA Teacher of the Year Award

2019       Maria Fontaine
2018       Scott Siver
2017       Wendy McAlonie
2016       Curtis Sankey
2015       Melissa Gilligan
2014       Nancy Boucher
2013       Monica Blanchfield
2012       Bob Halek
2011       Diana Prout
2010       Jean Decker
2009       Lisa Westman
2008       Linda Kaminski
2007       Peter Zilgme
2006       Christina Rogone
2005       Denise Nahal
2004       The Staff at CHS
2003       Sean Crall
2002       Larraine Gillette
2001       Nikki Carter-Piechnik
2000       Susan Owens
1999       Sally Sroka
1998       Virginia Congemi
1997       Kevin McCann
1996       Mary LaFleur
1995       Linda McCabe
1994       Lynda DeCelle
1993       Denise Poost
1992       Barbara Poole
1991       Kathy DeWeese
1990       Henry Kolakoski
1989       Robert Crosby
1988       Benedict Schaefer
1987       Elizabeth Lyman
1986       Shirley Howard
1985       Carlton Eno
1984       Louise Pearce
1983       Peter Citrolo
1982       Michael Angelo
1981       Marilyn Reeves
1980       Kileen Stone
1979       Edith Cosgrove
1978       Thelma Donahue
1977       Robert King
1976       Jean Burgess
1975       Raymond Gietz
1974       Elizabeth McMaster
1973       Alfred Viola
1972       Bernice Pechenik
1971       Paul Bourgeois
1970       Ruth Herr