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Keough from Hamilton Elementary School honored as Schenectady schools Teacher of the Year


SCHENECTADY – Hamilton Elementary School Celebrates Teacher of the Year

The Schenectady Central School District has announced this year’s teacher of the year, and it’s none other than the beloved second grade teacher, Colleen Keough.

Keough was surprised by her friends, family, school administration, and members of the media during a special pajama party in her classroom, where she was presented with bouquets of flowers, balloons, and a plaque commemorating her Teacher of The Year award.

“I’m just very grateful,” Keough said. “When I first started working as a teacher, I just couldn’t believe that I got paid to do this. It’s amazing working with these kids every day, seeing their growth. Academic growth, emotional growth.”

A Remarkable Impact

Having taught at Hamilton Elementary for 12 years, Keough has had a significant impact on the school and the district as a whole. Schenectady CSD Superintendent Anibal Soler Jr. praised Keough for her unwavering love for her students and the district.

Principal Leah Kedley also expressed her gratitude for being able to work with Keough, highlighting her passion, energy, and advocacy for the school and the district.

Going Above and Beyond

Keough’s dedication to her students goes beyond the classroom. She played a pivotal role in the elementary school’s float in Schenectady’s 54th Annual Holiday Parade, even inviting comedian and “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon to ride on their float in the parade.

Several of Keough’s second grade students also shared their admiration for her, with one student calling her the best school mother and another declaring her as the best teacher they’ve ever had.

Recognition and Appreciation

Keough will be officially recognized as Teacher of the Year by the district’s board of education at an upcoming meeting, where her exceptional contributions to the school and the district will be celebrated.

Rafael Torres
Rafael Torres
Rafael Torres, a native of Schenectady, has returned to his hometown after several years of reporting in the Midwest. A graduate of Missouri School of Journalism, Alex is known for his empathetic approach to local news, covering everything from community events to local governance, always with an aim to bridge diverse perspectives.
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  1. Disagree: It’s great to see educators being recognized for their hard work and dedication! Congrats to Keough from Hamilton Elementary School for this well-deserved honor.


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