‘Be Golden’ Staff Award Winner: Mrs. Beth Cannistraci

‘Be Golden’ Staff Award Winner: Mrs. Beth Cannistraci

The “Be Golden” award is a new faculty and staff recognition program at the high school.

This award is given weekly by a faculty/staff member to another faculty/staff member. Whoever receives the trophy on Friday is responsible for awarding it to someone else the following week. The only criteria are to give it to someone who has done something to make the school a better place.

“With the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiative in our school, we want to not only recognize students for being golden but staff members as well,” said Mrs. Shannon Davis, the award program coordinator. “This is a way to personally thank people we work with every day, but don’t always have the chance to show them how much they are appreciated.”    

Last week the award went to Mr. Edward Vancas.

He chose to give the award to Mrs. Susan “Beth” Cannistraci.

Mr. Vancas’ Quote:

Simply put she is one of the best teachers I have ever worked with. Here are ten reasons why:

  • No one puts more effort into their curriculum than she does.
  • No one helps students succeed more than Mrs. C.
  • During her planning period, she usually has a group of students in her room reviewing information for a quiz or test.
  • She treats all students and people with respect.
  • She is kind to senior citizens . . . . me!
  • Her laugh and smile are contagious, especially since she got her new tooth.
  • If you listen to students talk, they love having her for Biology.
  • Mrs. C is a homegrown girl and TAHS is in her blood, along with 50% Diet Mountain Dew.
  • Her excellent 2016 – 2017 Keystone Exam Scores. 84% (45% advanced!)
  • Her unbelievable 2017 – 2018 Keystone Exam Scores. 88.8% (58% advanced!)

Mrs. Cannistraci is a great colleague, but more importantly a good friend. Congratulations!

The Eagle Eye interviewed Mrs. Cannistraci about being this week’s award winner:

Eagle Eye: What encouraged you to become a teacher?

Beth Cannistraci: “I had so many positive role models as teachers growing up. First and foremost, my parents who demonstrated a strong work ethic and passion for helping people. Mr. Bloom, Mr. Wilbur, and Mr. Albright were a few other teachers that inspired a love for learning in me, which I try to emulate.”

EE: What do you enjoy most about being a teacher?

SC: “Probably my favorite aspect of teaching is developing relationships with the students and staff. I am honored to work with hardworking students and dedicated staff who make me laugh and enjoy life every day. Once positive relationships are formed, the sky is the limit for academic and personal growth.”

EE: Is this your dream job? If not, what is?

SC: “To be honest, I can not imagine being anywhere else doing anything else. I love teaching in Tyrone.”