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Deborah Hall, New York State Association of Family and Consumer Science Educators Mohawk Valley East Area coordinator, informs CHS students and staff of all the reasons Dolores Talmadge deserves the "Teacher of the Year" honor.

Joshua Thomas
Canajoharie High School students and staff assemble in the CHS atrium Monday afternoon to see retiring educator Dolores Talmadge honored with a "Teacher of the Year" award.

Joshua Thomas
Deborah Hall, New York State Association of Family and Consumer Science Educators Mohawk Valley East Area coordinator, presents educator Dolores Talmadge with a bouquet of spring flowers in honor of her being named "Teacher of the Year".

Joshua Thomas
Canajoharie High School students and staff assemble in the CHS atrium Monday afternoon to see Dolores Talmadge honored with a "Teacher of the Year" award.

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Talmadge honored with "Teacher of the Year" award

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - Updated: 8:26 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE — On Monday afternoon, Canajoharie High School students and staff gathered in the atrium to honor retiring educator Dolores Talmadge, who was awarded the Mohawk Valley East Region "Teacher of the Year" honor by the New York State Association of Family and Consumer Science Educators.

After an announcement was made for those in the building to assemble at 1:30 p.m., the circular atrium quickly filled with proud students, who applauded as Deborah Hall, New York State Association of Family and Consumer Science Educators Mohawk Valley East Area coordinator, presented Talmadge with a colorful bouquet of spring flowers in honor of the award, which she noted was presented to Talmadge based on "her unbelievable work in the field of family consumer sciences." 

Hall noted that Talmadge, who was chosen for the award months ago, has "helped so many teachers in the state be better at what they do," and has performed at the highest level in the classroom.

"Delores is amazing," she sincerely stated. "She's an inspiration to so many other teachers."

Talmadge, completely surprised by the honor, told the assembled crowd, "I am retiring this year, and it's going to be hard, because I'm going to miss everybody." She noted that although she's taught in the district for 40 years, she's been "getting up and going to school each morning for 57 years," since she began kindergarten.

"This is quite an honor," she continued, stating, "It's very nice when your fellow Family Consumer Science educators recognize you for a job well done."

Talmadge said that while she doesn't have any firm plans for retirement, she is going to enjoy having time to travel. Some highlights from her past 40 years in the district, she explained, include accompanying students to Japan for exchange programs and having the opportunity to teach in a brand new building, "with a nice new classroom." Prior to moving to the new high school, Talmadge worked in the downtown building for 28 years.

Her biggest reward for her 40 years of hard work, she said, was "all the students I've had over the years … working with kids, hoping I've made a difference."

She concluded, "It's been an honor to work here. We have our little ups and downs, but it's really an excellent school district to work for. They're very supportive of teachers, and we try to do our best for our kids."

     

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