Kristin Munrett, a Curriculum Instructional Coach at Hamilton Elementary School, has been named the Schenectady City School District Teacher of the Year. Superintendent Larry Spring delivered the news to Munrett and her students on Tuesday morning.
Munrett's family, school principal Michelle VanderLinden, other administrators and colleagues and members of the board of education were on hand for the surprise announcement.
Munrett was nominated by, colleague and 30-year veteran teacher, Eric Almond who said that she is a “classic, caring, above and beyond teacher, who visibly emits love and commitment to service with zeal and relish.”
Almond said that Munrett wears many hats. She oversee plays and productions at the school, is the Rap Coordinator incorporating language arts and social studies and is the building liaison for The Scotia Traveling Museum. Munrett also serves as The Student Council Faculty Adviser. She organizes food drives and other community events, enlisting her students to serve in the community. They have stocked shelves at the food bank, made sandwiches for Habitat for Humanity workers, volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House and a local nursing home and made gifts of potted plants for the Hamilton School neighbors.
“Anyone who has ever worked with Kristin or been in her presence immediately recognizes the amazing skill, poise, dedication and talent that she innately possesses,” wrote Melanie Bennett, school social worker. “I can’t stress what a strong and positive influence she has had on me both personally and professionally."
Bennett said that Munrett is “teacher of the Year” to the students, but, to the adults in the school as well.
Prior to becoming a Curriculum Instructional Coach for Writing in 2015, Munrett was a classroom teacher for 13 years.
Munrett expects her students to believe in themselves and to understand that mistakes are part of the learning process. She has stressed that her goal is for her students to leave her knowing they can be anything they want with hard work and determination.
Parents, students and teachers continue to praise Munrett for the work that she does and the impact that she has on those around her.
“For second grade and all the years I’ve known you, you have been the kindest person ever,” said student Priya Bhagolie. “Whenever I need help I know I could on you because you are a great teacher and a great role model.”
“Ms. Munrett is a role model and I am grateful that my two sons were able to have her as their teacher,” said Simone Miranda, parent. “Thank you to Ms. Munrett for her dedication, support, patience and service. We will be forever grateful to her for providing our children with the guidance and academic learning that they needed in order to be successful.”
Deanthony Colon, now a junior in high school, wrote to Munrett to tell her that she was not only his favorite teacher, but, his brother’s favorite as well.
Former student Robert Lawson told Munrett,” you were one of the best teachers I ever had.”
As Teacher of the Year, Munrett is eligible to enter the New York State Teacher of the Year contest.