Contorno Named High School Social Studies Teacher of the Year

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 The Long Island Council for the Social Studies has honored Glen Cove High School teacher Christopher Contorno with the Outstanding High School Social Studies Teacher of the Year award.

Glen Cove District Social Studies coordinator Melanie Arfman nominated Mr. Contorno for the honor, describing him “as an educator who demonstrates the capacities and dispositions of a master teacher-leader and models excellence in teaching.”

Mr. Contorno has taught in Glen Cove since 2010, and takes part in many extracurricular activities. In addition, he is a lifelong learner, earning a Master of Arts in secondary social studies education at Columbia University, which has resulted in the development of masterful lessons around the concept of a mini lesson, supported with differentiation to meet the needs of diverse learners.

Recognizing the importance of embracing learning outside of the school day, Mr. Contorno teaches a Trial and Debate after-school course in order to prepare students for the Mock-Trial Team he advises. He is also the adviser for the high school’s Model United Nations club.  

Mr. Contorno will receive his award at the Long Island Council for the Social Studies Award Ceremony on June 2 at the Upsky Hotel in Hauppauge.

Superintendent of School Maria Rianna congratulated Mr. Contorno on this tremendous honor, describing him as a “committed educator and wonderful person.”