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Orchestra Director Receives University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award

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Therese Mannino, Orchestra Director at Farmingdale High School, received the University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award.

An Outstanding Educator shapes young minds in meaningful ways—thoughtfully approaching instruction, sharing an infectious love for learning, and caring for students both inside and outside the classroom. Each year, newly admitted UChicago students have the opportunity to reflect on their time in school and nominate an educator who played a significant role in their education, made a positive impact in their lives, and whose influence has brought them to where they are today. Mrs. Mannino was nominated by Farmingdale High School’s class of 2021 Salutatorian, Antonio Castano. Castano, an AP scholar, was also a member of the Farmingdale High School’s symphony orchestra as a viola player and the pit orchestra for play productions. He was also a member of the Italian Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Science Honor Society, JV/varsity football team, and varsity track and field. Castano was also named a National Merit PSAT/NMSQT Commended Student and PSAT 10 National Hispanic Scholar.

The University of Chicago is honored to recognize excellence in teaching and sincerely congratulates this year’s Outstanding Educator Award winners, exceptional in their field, and role models for all students. The University deeply appreciates the lively minds who thirst for knowledge that these educators have nurtured and inspired. We thank them for going above and beyond the call of duty every day and leaving an impression that will be carried over a lifetime.

All award winners receive a commemorative award, certificate, and letter that includes details from the student they were nominated by. Principals and superintendents of award winners will also receive communications notifying them that their employees have received the award.

Additional information regarding the University of Chicago Outstanding Educator can be found on our website at the following link: educators/outstanding-educator-awards. Any further questions can be directed to Justin Klein at


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