Teacher Receives Award in Education

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High school earth science teacher Janet Werner has been named the Dowling College/News 12 Long Island Educator of the Month. Throughout her 34-year career in the fields of science and education, including the last 14 years as a teacher within the Deer Park School District, Ms. Werner has worked to inspire students through her innovative teaching techniques and positive perspective.

Superintendent of Schools Eva J. Demyen identified Ms. Werner as a valuable member of the educational community, noting, “It takes a specific quality to have the ability to draw people in, and that is what she does every day.”

Ms. Werner possesses a dedication to academia that surpasses classroom instruction, demonstrated by her efforts to stay ahead of the curve on current topics and themes through seminars and educational programs. Within the high school, she has expanded course opportunities for students by spearheading a college oceanography class (in conjunction with Stony Brook University) and an astronomy class, both of which are extremely popular within the student body. Working to develop well-rounded students, Ms. Werner has also held the position of advisor for a myriad of extracurricular clubs, including the Scallop Bowl, the Environmental Club and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), which hosts and sponsors a variety of island and district-wide programs and conferences.  

Upon receiving this award, Ms. Werner described her passion for education and stated, “It’s not work when you love what you do.”

Dowling College Dean of Education Dr. Clyde Payne visited Deer Park to present the award to Ms. Werner and capture video footage to highlight her accomplishments, students and school, which will air on News 12. Dr. Payne shared that Ms. Werner was a standout selection. “Of all the nominations, she was overwhelmingly chosen as number one,” he stated. “She is not just doing outstanding classroom work, but engages in more worldly endeavors as well.”

Curriculum Associate for Science and Technology Samir Biswas, along with district administrators, colleagues and current and former students, nominated Ms. Werner for this award.

Pictured below, Dowling College Dean of Education Dr. Clyde Payne presented teacher Janet Werner with the Dowling College/News 12 Long Island Educator of the Month Award. During the ceremony she was congratulated by (l-r) High School Principal James Cummings, Curriculum Associate for Science and Technology Samir Biswas and Superintendent of Schools Eva J. Demyen.