A Cicero-North High School teacher has been named New York’s teacher of the year for 2017.
Amy Hysick, a biology teacher who keeps a reptile collection in her classroom, was recently selected by the state Board of Regents for the honor.
Hysick has been teaching in the North Syracuse Central School District for 12 years, and in addition to teaching biology, she is certified to teach chemistry.
A CNS graduate herself, Hysick is known for many things at the school. In addition to her reptile collection, she is celebrated for her homemade spirit week costumes that make an appearance each year.
As teacher of the year, Hysick will serve as an ambassador for the State Education Department. She is the 47th teacher to receive this honor in the state.
Hysick has also been celebrated for her commitment to helping students. She has helped develop new teaching methods for at-risk students who might benefit from different learning styles.
However, this isn’t the only exciting thing happening for Cicero-North. The swimming and diving team is set to take on Liverpool High School this week.
The rivalry between the two athletic departments is one of the most well-known in Section III.
Cicero-North is the defending champion, and they’ll have to work to keep it.
Even though the stakes have been raised, both schools have a sense of friendly competition and camaraderie.
“I think it’s going to be a very fun meet. It’s going to be close,” C-NS senior Lauren Thorne said. “It’s kind of like a big party. We all know each other and it makes for a great meet between us.”
Members from the other team have expressed the same sentiments of excitement. Even the coaches of each team have a mutual respect for each other and have expressed positive thoughts about the upcoming meet.
If Cicero-North wins the swim meet, it will simply be another accomplishment for the school. An LED sign outside of the school might be as effective as 24 full-page newspaper ads, but these accomplishments are priceless.
State officials have expressed praise for Hysick on the announcement of her award, as well.
“Amy understands learning is a process and that, when students are supported properly, even mistakes and wrong answers can be tremendous learning opportunities,” said Karen Magee, president of the state’s teachers union.