Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - State Senator John DeFrancisco recognized more than 30 educators from Onondaga County at the Teachers of Excellence awards program Thursday. They were nominated by students, school administrators, faculty and staff for their efforts to help children learn during the 2014-15 school year.

"Teachers are instrumental in enabling our youth to succeed in life," said Senator Defrancisco. "I am very pleased to recognize those dedicated educators within my district, who consistently go above and beyond to educate, mentor and inspire their students."

Senator DeFrancisco presented each honoree with a certificate of excellence and a "Golden Apple" pin.

Congratulations to the 2015 West Genesee Teachers of Excellence honorees:


Colleen Barbra, West Genesee High School

Susan Deegan, East Hill Elementary

Stephen Shoults, Stonehedge Elementary

Margaret Barbuto, Stonehedge Elementary


Also named were West Genesee administrators Beth Lozier (CMS) and Steve Dunham (WGMS).


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