East Islip High School chemistry and AP Seminar teacher Kathleen Dinota was honored at the second annual Teacher of Excellence Awards ceremony earlier this month in Bay Shore.

The event, hosted by state Senator Phil Boyle, was May 4 at the Bay Shore Fire Department.

Dinota, who is retiring this year, taught at East Islip for 26 years. For the past several years, she has taught AP chemistry, honors chemistry and science research.

This year, she also taught AP Seminar, which is the first course in the AP Capstone diploma.

Dinota is in her third year as a participant in the New York State Master Teacher program, and works for the New York State Education Department as an education specialist in the development of the PS chemistry exam.

She and her husband are lifelong residents of the East Islip School District and have been involved in the school and community in a variety of roles.

“I am deeply honored to have been chosen by the district for the award,” Dinota said. “East Islip has a faculty that is comprised of truly caring, compassionate and dedicated educators and I am humbled to have been recognized. I am proud to have worked here for the past 26 years.”

Sixteen outstanding educators and school professions were honored by Boyle this month in Bay Shore.

These are people “who have dedicated their lives to teaching and helping their students learn, thrive, and reach their fullest potential,” he said.

“Our school communities are so very fortunate to have such passionate educators.”

Photo: State Senator Phil Boyle with East Islip High School teacher Kathleen Dinota at the Teacher of Excellence Awards ceremony on May 4 in Bay Shore.

Source: East Islip School District