Glen Cove Grad Named ‘Educator Of Excellence’


Marjorie Vigliotti, a 1973 graduate of Glen Cove High School and long time English teacher at Oyster Bay High School, was recently selected as an Educator of Excellence by the New York State English Council (NYSEC).
Vigliotti was recommended for this recognition by Dr. Valerie Vacchio.

“Since I began my position as the district supervisor of English Language Arts in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District seven years ago, Ms. Vigliotti has distinguished herself as an extraordinary English teacher who sees challenges as opportunities and brings relentless energy and creativity to each new initiative,” said Vacchio.

Vigliotti’s career in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District transcends three decades.

“I attribute much of the success of Oyster Bay High School’s English Department to Ms. Vigliotti’s exemplary service to all students,” said Vacchio. “During these rapid times of change in education, students need educators with Ms. Vigliotti’s passion and expertise to provide promises of support and a constancy of vision.”

“Teens experience great uncertainty and trepidation during their adolescent years,” said OBHS English teacher Lydia Brady. “However, upon entering Ms. Vigliotti’s classroom, worries extinguish and passions ignite.”

Celeste Matute, Kyle Schindler, Angela Fazzalari, Christina Testa, Marjorie Vigliotti, Dominique Matarese, Vanessa Yu, Justine Bach, Ava Hanlon and Peter Barone (Photo by Tom Gould)

Brady said that Vigliotti not only inspires her peers, but also serves as a mentor to fellow colleagues. “She is the grammarian of the department, always happy to edit a colleague’s lesson plan. She has a genuine passion for the English language and is dedicated to her craft.”

Of course, the most important aspect of an Educator of Excellence is their impact on students.

Oyster Bay High School graduate of the Class of 2015, Olivia Ballone had much to say about her teacher.

“I was graced with the privilege of studying under Ms. Marjorie Vigliotti for three of my four years of high school English,” said Olivia Ballone, a 2015 graduate of OBHS. “Not to discredit my other teachers of English, but during the year I spent outside of Ms. Vigliotti’s classroom, I continued to consult her for suggestions and guidance. Since the very first lesson, I have flourished as an individual in society. Ms. Vigliotti’s philosophies and techniques are broadly enriching—this, I believe, is because she is excellent at what she does.”

Ballone added, “From my perspective, no teacher is more deserving of the 2015 NYSEC Educator of Excellence Award more than Ms. Vigliotti. She inspires greatness in all students, in and outside of her classroom. Any teacher can be good at what they do, however, Ms. Vigliotti is excellent.”

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