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Port Chester Social Studies Teacher, Piccolino, Honored

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Port Chester Middle School Social Studies Teacher Anthony Piccolino has been recognized by the Westchester Lower-Hudson Council for Social Studies as the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Middle School Social Studies Teacher Award.

"It's really an honor," Piccolino said. "It's nice to be recognized for doing what you love."

Piccolino, who started teaching Social Studies at Port Chester Middle School 14 years ago, has successfully implemented technology and creative teaching techniques into the classroom to help keep his students engaged. This year Piccolino had his students create Facebook pages for Revolutionary War figures, which included creating Facebook updates and choosing friends.

"We get work done, but we also make it a comfortable environment," Piccolino said. "I try to make it different and fun."

Piccolino added that he was unaware that he was even nominated for the award by Middle School Principal Patrick Swift and Social Studies Department Chair Chris Halstead.

"I didn't have any idea," Piccolino said. "I just want to thank Principal Swift and Mr. Halstead for nominating and Mr. Connetta for writing letters on my behalf."

Halstead said nominating Piccolino was an easy decision and praised him for his hard work and dedication.

"He's very dedicated and an extremely hard worker," Halstead said. "He's always looking for new ideas and always willing to go alone with whatever we need him to do. He always has his hand out to give."

Middle School Principal Pat Swift echoed Halstead and said that 2012 marks the third time the Middle School has been honored with the award.

"Anthony is a true team player. One of those guys who does what you need him to do," Swift said.

Piccolino will be honored along with other award winners on May 23 in Sleep Hollow.

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