CCSD Teacher of the Year 2019: Mrs. Kim Schug

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On September 3, 2019, Mr. Reilly addressed the entire faculty and staff at opening day ceremonies for employees. As has become recent custom, the Superintendent recognized the Cazenovia CSD Teacher of the Year. Cazenovia CSD is pleased to announce the Mrs. Kim Schug was selected and honored with the 2019 Cazenovia CSD Teacher of the Year award!

From left to right: Mrs. Schug, Ainsly Schug, Hadley Schug, and Mr. Schug just after Mrs. Schug was announced as CCSD Teacher of the Year 2019

As is also now the tradition, Mrs. Schug has taken time to answer the Teacher of the Year Questionnaire. Please enjoy learning more about Mrs. Schug and congratulations to her on her award!

Teacher of the Year Interview Q&A

High School Graduation: Alexandria Central School, 1989

College Attended Undergraduate: SUNY Geneseo, 1993, Major(s):  Mathematics with a minor in Secondary Education

College Attended Graduate/Masters: SUNY Oswego, 1998, Major(s): Masters in Curriculum and Instruction

New York State Teacher Certification(s): Permanent

Where did you complete your student teaching?

“Rush- Henrietta (Rochester area)”

Why did you choose a career in education?

“I grew up in a family of teachers so I was always surrounded by it. I thought I would never be a teacher but as I became older I saw the impact my father had on his high school students both inside and outside the classroom. That is when I decided to become a teacher. I think I was a junior in high school.”

What activities (sports, clubs, jobs, etc.) you were you involved in as a high school student and college student?

Soccer, Golf, Student Government, Yearbook. Work – boat tour guide in the 1000 Islands, waitress, TA for a Logic Course in college, Athletic Building supervisor in college.

Did your family or another person impact your decision to become an educator?

“Definitely my father and my high school Math teacher. Coming from a small school I had the same Math teacher for 4 years in high school. However, many family members and family friends were teachers so they also had an impact on my decision to become a teacher.”

Where was your first teaching position?  What did you teach?  Did you work elsewhere before being hired as an employee at Cazenovia? 

“Cazenovia was my first teaching position. I started teaching 7th grade Math, 8th grade Math, and 11th grade honors. Over the many years I have been here I have taught many different levels of Math. Today I teach Algebra I, Algebra II, and Algebra II honors.”

When did you start teaching/working at Cazenovia?

“Fall of 1993”

Have you always been in education or did you start out doing something else?

“Always in education.”

When you started working at Cazenovia, who were some of the teachers that also started around the same time you did?

“Mark Evans, Chris Hurd, Stacia Nourse & Claudia Johnson”

Please describe five moments as a teacher that you will never forget? Why?

“I am not sure how to come up with the top 5 moments but these are just general memories that I will always cherish. Any time a student leaves my room feeling confident in Math is something that is so rewarding for me. With Math being most students hardest subject, I have seen students time and time again not give up. They show diligence and perseverance and that is such a wonderful quality to develop and I love witnessing this. Over the years I have coached Modified and JV soccer, been a class advisor for 2 different classes (Classes of 1999 and 2014), and was the Student Government advisor for many years. Some of my best moments have been time spent with students outside the classroom in those roles. Also working with my Math department colleagues is something I will always treasure. They are the most dedicated teachers I know.”

What have been the biggest changes in the profession during your career?

“Definitely technology, but students have changed over the years too. The Math curriculum has gone through 3 major curriculum changes since I became a teacher and we are headed into one more with the Next Generation Learning Standards.”

What would you hope your teaching legacy might be?

“For most students Math proves to be the most challenging subject. I know I expect a lot of my students, but I hope they remember me as someone who only wanted success for them. I hope they all feel that I supported them both inside and outside the classroom. I feel there is more to teaching than in the classroom so I try to see them as much as I can in their extra-curricular activities. This to me is as important as what I do in the classroom and I hope my students know that I truly enjoy watching them succeed outside the classroom as well.”

Mrs. Schug gives extra help to two of her favorite students. The iconic Golden Apple was set on the table by our photographer. The Teacher of the Year award recipient receives a Golden Apple from the District when named.

Please describe your family.

“My husband Thatcher is a Biology teacher here at Cazenovia. We have 3 children – Trey (Freshman at SUNY Albany), Ainsly and Hadley (Sophomores here at Cazenovia).”

“My parents (George and Terry) are very involved with us and our children. They are the best grandparent fans out there. I also have a brother and sister, a Grandmother who is amazing at 95 years old, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and first cousins that I am close with.”

If you never became an educator, what career might you have had? Why?

“I can’t imagine not teaching.”

Outside of teaching, what are your other interests/hobbies?

“Spending time with family and friends, attending all of my kids games/activities, watching sports, boating, reading, walking.”

Anything else you would like to add?

“I am extremely honored to have been chosen as Teacher of the Year. I have worked at Cazenovia for 27 years and I can honestly say we have the best students and teachers. I am proud and thankful to work alongside such a dedicated and talented group of colleagues. Thank you for this award!”

HISTORY OF THE TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Each year, since 1983, the Cazenovia Central School District has honored one or more teachers for their outstanding accomplishments as an educator in our district. Nomination forms are sent to all members of the teaching staff in early June. When teachers nominate a colleague, they submit written explanations as to why a particular teacher should be considered for the Cazenovia Central School Teacher of the Year Award. In late June teachers, who have been previously been honored as Teacher of the Year, review the written nomination forms and select the individual to be honored. Previous “Teacher of the Year” recipients have been:

  • 1983  Barry Parker
  • 1984  Nancy Holland
  • 1985  Margy Clancy
  • 1986  Andy Lepine
  • 1987  Walter Stroud
  • 1988  Sybil Spaulding
  • 1989  Frank DeGrenier
  • 1990  Michele Decker
  • 1991  Pamela Ryan
  • 1992  William Paben
  • 1993  Amy Conley
  • 1994  Eric Jerabek
  • 1995  Educators of Distinction Program
  • 1996  Beverly Buck
  • 1997  Mark Evans
  • 1998  Deborah McCullough
  • 1999  Ronald Luteran
  • 2000  Christopher Hurd
  • 2001  Bob Read
  • 2002  Lorraine O’Connor
  • 2003  Kurt Wheeler
  • 2004  Nancy Kolwaite
  • 2005  Maureen Carroll
  • 2006  Marva Spuller
  • 2007  Ellen Dougherty
  • 2008  Lorraine Scheftic
  • 2009  Mike Burns
  • 2009  Vicki Reutter
  • 2010  Mary Damon
  • 2011  Nancy Saya
  • 2012  Sean Kelly
  • 2013  Margeret Sevier
  • 2014  Robin Costello
  • 2015  Sharon Gifford
  • 2016  Catharine Taylor
  • 2017  Teresa Campbell
  • 2017  Kristen Axe
  • 2018 Johanna Neugebauer
  • 2019 Kimberly Schug

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