Above and Beyond

Recently one of my math teachers experienced a personal tragedy, which resulted in her missing over a week and a half of school.  A day or two later after this tragedy, first year math teacher Jeff Fiscina approached me about being relieved from his lunch duty.  He explained to me that he wished to use this time to develop video lessons for the Geometry and Algebra 2 classes of the teacher that, at the time, was out indefinitely.  In his verbal proposal he stated that he would seek out fellow math teacher April Millian as she is our resident expert on using the AverMedia document camera to record the solving of mathematical problems (April uploads these to her Google Site for her class to use outside of school).  I was so blown away by Jeff’s initiative that I immediately approved his request.

For the next week Jeff spent time during his duty period and after school developing these video lessons that were 7-8 minutes in length.  Each lesson completely covered the topic that would normally have been presented that day.  He then personally made sure that the videos he created were viewed in class.  (You can view 6 of the videos HERE).

As a Principal I was so proud of Jeff and his commitment to his fellow colleague as well as NMHS students that he did not even have in class.  Then I received this email from one of the students that was a recipient of the videos:

Dear Mr. Sheninger,

Please forward this email to Mr. Fiscina to let him know that I appreciate his math videos, and I appreciate how helpful he has been.  He has been very nice, and giving to all of Mrs. H’s classes.

Thank You! 🙂

Teachers like Jeff and moments like these truly define our profession.  Education is so much more than just standardized tests, lesson plans, and teacher evaluation methods.  It is about the embedded lessons that we might not realize at the time are being taught, inspiring others, and making the time to help all students succeed.  Thank you for this shining moment Jeff! You are an inspiration to New Milford High School and beyond!