ÍæÅ¼½ã½ãHigh School teacher Andrew Budris has been recognized by the National Council for the Social Studies with the distinguished 2023-2024 Secondary Teacher of the Year Award. He will be presented with the award and $2,500 at a ceremony in Nashville on Dec. 1.
“I don't think this award indicates I'm the best social studies teacher,” said Budris. “Instead, I think it shows that at ÍæÅ¼½ã½ã, I've been allowed to be innovative in areas that the National Council for the Social Studies values. Those include project-based learning instruction, real-life civics and the teaching of controversial topics in a responsible way. And I'm honored that our district is recognized for leading in those areas.
Budris plans to use the monetary reward to sponsor a ÍæÅ¼½ã½ãHigh School scholarship program that will be open to members of the Class of 2024 who are first generation college students and are interested in a career in education.
This is the second impressive award that Budris has earned for his teaching. Last year, he was recognized by the New York State Council for the Social Studies with the distinguished Outstanding High School Social Studies Classroom Teacher Award.
Budris credits much of what he has accomplished in his classroom and within the social studies department to the unwavering support that he has received. In his classroom, Budris reinforces the curriculum through problem-based learning, a teaching tool that he has brought to his co-workers and that has earned him the opportunity to present at conferences at the local, state and national level.
Budris has also presented on the New York State Seal of Civic Readiness program, which he and Jackie O’Hagan, director of the ÍæÅ¼½ã½ã School District’s humanities department, implemented in the district in 2022. ÍæÅ¼½ã½ã was one of only a handful of school districts on Long Island last year to offer the new Civic Readiness pathway, an all-encompassing program that teaches students how to apply civic knowledge, skills and mindsets to make positive impacts in their school, community and the world. It also aims to strengthen relationships with community partners and civic leaders. An impressive 95% of the Class of 2023 graduated with the Seal of Civic Readiness attached to their diplomas.
Budris, a ÍæÅ¼½ã½ãresident, has been teaching at ÍæÅ¼½ã½ãHigh School for the past 26 years. He currently teaches AP U.S. Government and Politics and co-teaches AP Research. He also serves as the lead teacher for the social studies department, a position he has held for the past seven years. He taught for two years in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn before moving to Bellport.
The accomplished teacher earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Siena College and his master’s in liberal sciences from Stony Brook University. He is currently working toward his doctorate in learning and teaching from Hofstra University.
When not teaching, Budris and his wife, Ellen Hoffman, who is an English teacher at ÍæÅ¼½ã½ãHigh School, are supporting their three-sport-athlete daughter, who is a senior at the high school.
Date Added: 11/9/2023