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September 17, 2013

Unadilla teacher receives BOCES award

By Mark Boshnack Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — A longtime teacher at Unadilla Valley Central School recently received a regional honor for her impact on students and community.

Dorenda Johnson, who teaches fifth grade, received the ninth annual Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES Marshman-Hall Commitment to Education Award at opening day ceremonies at the BOCES Trout Creek Campus.

The award is presented to an educator in the Board of Cooperative Education Services’ region. It commemorates the service of Dan Marshman and Bob Hall and acts as a vehicle to annually recognize individuals who have made similar outstanding contributions to education in the BOCES region, according to a media release. 

Johnson first taught at New Berlin Central School in 1984 and then at the merged Unadilla Valley Central School, where she works today.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for the work I’ve done,” Johnson said Monday. “I was really shocked,” she said of the letter she received in July notifying her of the award. It was presented Sept. 3.

“The reward in being a teacher is seeing the growth in students,” she said. “This was the icing on the cake.”

 Johnson said she has never received anything like it before.

Johnson was nominated by DCMO BOCES coordinator for curriculum and staff development coordinator Lorie Ostrander. One of those who sat on the panel that determined the award winner was Michael Waters, principal at the BOCES Harrold campus.

“She was an easy choice considering all that she has done,” he said about Johnson. Some of her achievements were: serving as state teacher ambassador; training on the Common Core curriculum for grades 3-5 in the BOCES; being an after-school tutor; and acting as co-chairwoman of the school’s teacher mentor program.

Unadilla Valley Central School Superintendent Robert Mackey said Johnson is an “outstanding teacher,” so he was not surprised she won the award. “She was recognized for a job well done,” he said. “She does everything she can to make sure students make progress. She is very effective.”