Steven Gilhuley, current principal of the Howard T. Herber Middle School and soon-to-be assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the district, has been selected by the New York State English Council as a 2016 Educator of Excellence for Administration. The award recognizes supportive administrators who champion the English Language Arts programs, serve as collaborators with colleagues, are leaders in the classroom and mentors for new teachers to the profession.

In his letter from NYSEC, award coordinators Sarah Taveniere and Chereith Vincent praised Mr. Gilhuley’s work. “You have implemented best practices that you know to be true, and challenged your students to become skillful readers and writers. Your work has shown a dedication to your own learning and to your profession that inspires your students and your colleagues,” they wrote.

Mr. Gilhuley has also been named the 2006 Phi Delta Kappa, Hofstra University Chapter, Educator of the Year and received the 2011 School Administrator Leadership Award by the Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges.

In addition to Mr. Gilhuley, high school teacher Anastasia Caputo will also be receiving the New York State English Council’s Educator of Excellence Award for teaching. With an infectious enthusiasm for English, Ms. Caputo continually engages and inspires her students to learn, understand and demonstrate their knowledge.

Mr. Gilhuley and Ms. Caputo will be honored with the award at the NYSEC Awards Luncheon on Oct. 21 at the Albany Marriott Conference Hotel.