Teachers honored; Mancino named BOE’s Teacher of the Year

By Gregory A. Scibelli - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Fri., Jul. 1, 2011
(L-r) Windsor High School AP teachers Joseph Mancino (physics), Kathleen Pointek (calculus), and Samuel Scheer (English literature). Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

The Windsor public school system has announced that three of its own educators have received national recognition, being named as 2011 All-American Teachers of the Year.

The recognition comes from the National Math and Science Initiative, which is the leading non-profit organization for improving the achievement of American students in both math and science.

Honorees are recognized for their excellent achievement in instructing the Advanced Placement programs at Windsor High School.

AP physics teacher Joseph Mancino, AP calculus teacher Kathleen Pointek, and AP English and English literature teacher Samuel Scheer were among just 23 honorees recognized nationwide by the NMSI.

“In addition to being the only Connecticut school with teachers honored with this recognition, Windsor High School is the only school in the entire competition to have all three of its entrants win. No other school had more than one of its teachers recognized,” stated a press release by the Windsor superintendent’s office.

The awards also recognize outstanding math, science, and English teachers for contributions to their students and the teaching profession.  All three teachers participated in the NMSI’s Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program, which is required to teach at the AP level.

The three were part of a special recognition luncheon held last month in Washington, D.C.

There were several comments offered, including one by Tom Luce, the former chief executive officer of NMSI.

“These teachers have demonstrated a total commitment to their students’ academic growth,” said Luce. “Their efforts will help more of our young people succeed in today’s highly competitive, high-tech world.”

More emphasis has been placed on student participation in the AP programs at high school, due to the growing competition in the global economy. AP enrollment numbers have continued to rise, and high schools are starting to make more unique offerings available to students willing to take on the challenge of the classes.

Students must take AP tests in lieu of final exams to pass their courses. AP courses are highly-advanced and accelerated learning courses and cover material that is typically covered in college courses.

“These three teachers exemplify the talent and commitment that are necessary for all students to learn at such high levels,” said Windsor High School Principal Russell Sills.

Mancino received his master’s degree in physics from the University of Connecticut, worked for Apple Computer, Inc., and started teaching at Windsor High Schoo lin 2006. Pointek received her master’s of arts in teaching from Western New England University and taught in both Massachusetts and at Somers High School before joining Windsor High in 2006. Prior to coming to WHS in 1992, Scheer received his 6th Year degree from Oxford University and taught in both Texas and New York.

The Windsor Board of Education also recognized Mancino as its honoree for Teacher of the Year for the 2010-2011 School Year. He will be honored again in the fall.


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