Barbara Caldwell named WNYT-13 Top Teacher

Barbara Caldwell named WNYT-13 Top Teacher

Barbara Caldwell, a Master Teacher at St. Catherine's R & E May School, has been named a Top Teacher by local news channel WNYT-13, and was recognized in a channel 13 story found here.

“The award was very unexpected, and I was completely surprised,” Barbara said when she learned about being named one of the region’s top teachers. “I felt so honored that somebody took the time to nominate me,  but I also felt that every teacher in our school deserves this kind of recognition.”  

Each school year, New Channel 13 receives hundreds of nominations for teachers in school districts around the region, according to reporter Elaine Houston. WNYT selects the top 13 teachers, who are interviewed by Houston for a weekly Top Teacher news story. SEFCU is a co-sponsor of WNYT’s Top Teacher program.

Barbara, who has been at the May School for 20 years, teaches kindergarten through second grade. Watching her in action, it’s easy to see why she was honored by WNYT.

“I love my students,” she said. “They are like my own children, and deserve the very best we can give. Our classroom is a second home for both students and staff.  We are together for more than six hours a day, so I try to create a nurturing, safe, fun, and   inviting learning environment. It’s what I would want for my own daughter.” 

Barbara demonstrated that approach when Elaine Houston visited her class on January 22 to do her story.

“I was a bit nervous about the interview,” she admitted, “but I was happy to have her in the classroom because I feel it is important to bring awareness to the community about all of the great work we do at the school.”

Barbara believes teamwork is critical to success in any classroom setting. She gives full credit to her team—Teacher’s Assistant Kendall Greene and Critical Care Aides Robert Picarelli and Kenya Cooley—for the progress her students make. Cooperation extends beyond the classroom to the school and, of course, parental involvement. Students are far more apt to succeed, Barbara believes, when everyone works together to help them achieve their goals.

“I always feel supported by my co-workers. I also maintain a close working with parents of students. We are like a family, and our success is truly a team effort by every single staff member in our building, and parents at home.”