Elmont Names Maria Harley September’s Teacher of the Month
By Hannah Meikle and Tochi Ukegbu
We congratulate Ms. Harley for
being named Teacher of the Month for September 2016. She has been
inspiring Elmont students as an English teacher for 14 years. Whether
she is teaching her eighth-grade students to embrace figurative language
in their writing or debating political issues with her juniors, Ms.
Harley keeps the energy and standards high in her classroom.
the facilitator of the Talented and Gifted Program, she challenges
students to reach their full potential and believes each child has the
ability to exceed traditional expectations. Ms. Harley’s enthusiasm is
infectious and her students benefit from her desire to help them learn.
Her experience with last year’s eighth-graders continues to develop with
the Empowerment Project. Her lessons inspired students to take action
and make a change in the world as they addressed topics such as gender
equality and xenophobia. Ms. Harley and students were invited to
represent Elmont Memorial at a conference at the University of
Connecticut where they shared these lessons with educators around the
world. These experiences have had a lasting impact on the students in
her classroom. Many students stated that when they enter Ms. Harley’s
room they feel transformed and “at peace.” Ms. Harley is extremely
deserving of Teacher of the Month! She encourages, inspires and brings
out the best in everyone!