Schenectady City School District announces 2021 Teacher of the Year winner


SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – In an announcement on Friday afternoon, Schenectady City School District announced the winner of the 2021 SCSD Teacher of the Year: Rick DeCarr, a 6th grade ELA/Social Studies teacher at Oneida Middle School. The surprise presentation was announced during one of DeCarr’s afternoon remote class.

During one of DeCarr’s online lessons on Google Meet, Schenectady City School District Interim Superintendent Aaron Bochniak stopped by to let the teacher and students know of his win.

DeCarr has been teaching for 13 years and says he has learned so much during his career, mainly from his students.

An educator in Schenectady since 2008, he was nominated for the honor by Tony Farina, principal of Oneida Middle School. Farina noted that DeCarr is a leader at both the building and district level.

“Mr. DeCarr is an amazing educator and teacher leader,” said Farina. “He is revered throughout the
district and never looks for accolades.”

In this digital exclusive, watch the moment DeCarr learns the news:

Bochniak credits DeCarr’s ability to seamlessly transfer to remote learning, something he had been doing long before the pandemic, for being one of many reasons behind him earning the title of 2021 Teacher of the Year.

DeCarr’s students, former students and their parents agree. They couldn’t say enough about how
this ‘teacher of the year’ has impacted their lives.

“He as impacted me in such a way by helping me through a tough time in my life which took me a
while to get through,” said one of DeCarr’s students. “He helped me grow as an athlete and an
overall person.”

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