Allen Sylvester, our new Teacher of the Year, is an outstanding Social Studies Instructor, an advocate for students, a gracious humanitarian and a huge team player. He stated, “Observing my peers is how I learned about teaching. I saw greatness is various mentors that were the keystones to my success as an educator.”
Mr. Sylvester was adamant in wanting to express his utmost respect and admiration of his peers, particularly Delcastle’s amazing Teacher of the Year Nominees, Marty Baeriswyl, Brian Heeney, Bonnie Lane, Tara Saladyga and Whitney Singer. Allen feels that each of the six candidates for T.O.Y. were equally deserving and are essential to Delcastle’s critical mission to provide high quality education and to support our students on their pathways toward excellence.
Throughout his reign as T.O.Y., Mr. Sylvester wants to use this opportunity to foster teamwork in our building as we all are faced with the tremendous challenges that are a result of the changing landscape of education including our growing student population and increases in class sizes, accepting and meeting the challenges of the Common Core
and increasing rigor and fostering critical thinking along with competing not only in the local and regional educational markets, but moreover, competing in a global educational market. Mr. Sylvester envisions teamwork and confidence as integral to our future as educational leaders.
In the classroom, Mr. Sylvester focuses on providing all of his students with strong foundations and he believes that hooking students into understanding the value of education is crucial; in this way, Mr. Sylvester is able to channel his students’ energy in a positive manner that allows the students to continuously improve academically. Allen is already planning professional development sessions for Delcastle correlated to each season that he believes will make a positive impact on the Delcastle culture. Allen doesn’t believe that he has all the answers, but he does believe that by sharing ideas and remaining positive, Delcastle, as a team, can continue to grow and to make a huge impact on our students and our profession. Mr. Sylvester stated, “It is my philosophy that you can learn from everyone in the building.” In closing, Mr. Sylvester believes that all educators at Delcastle can be their best selves contributing 100% of their efforts by being open to growing professionally and sharing our talents.
Congratulations, Mr. Allen Sylvester, 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year!