NISKAYUNA, N.Y. - The Niskayuna Community Foundation, an affiliate of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, surprised two Niskayuna High School teachers Friday by presenting them with the Murray Award for Excellence in Education.
The awards were presented to John Furey, a physical education teacher, and Carol White, an English teacher. A crowd of students, parents and teachers surprised the two, as they were in the middle of teaching their classes, by walking in with plaques and balloons.
Each teacher will receive $2,500 for use in a professional development activity of their choice.
A committee representing the students, parents, and peers chose recipients and the Niskayuna Community Foundation facilitated the selection process and award presentation.
Criteria included outstanding classroom practices as well as growth potential and a positive school presence.