September 9, 2004
Teacher of the Year 2004-05 Marcia
Merton Williams Middle School Vocal Music Teacher Marcia
Sheremeta, right, with colleague Hope Randolph, a
32-year-teaching veteran, has been named 2004-05 Hilton
Central School District’s Teacher of the Year. Nominated by
her students and colleagues, Mrs. Sheremeta received the
Hilton Central School Teachers Association award Sept. 7 at
Hilton High School, presented by HCSTA President Kathleen
Donahue who commented on her “inspirational passion for
music.” Colleague Nicholas Williams, Vocal Music Teacher at
Hilton High School, remarked about Mrs. Sheremeta’s
involvement with middle school students’ music saying,
“She’s a phenomenal, phenomenal teacher.” Known widely for
her ability to include absolutely every child in chorus at
Middle School concert performances, Mrs. Sheremeta said,
“It’s all about the kids. You don’t teach for the money.
It’s about the kids.”
She has been instrumental in creating
‘safe environments’ for kids’ changing voices; for
co-creating the school’s Broadway Show Night which features
extensive student involvement, their ‘first moment in the
spotlight;’ for the annual Talent Show and support for Solo
Festival auditions and performances. Last year Mrs.
Sheremeta inaugurated an Eastman Kodak Co. SNAP Project
which featured student photographs, live performances and
presentations at the Eastman House and other conferences.
Mrs. Sheremeta is a Greece resident and may be reached at
392-1000 ext. 3201. This year Mrs. Sheremeta was presented
with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Musicians Award.
Finalists for the Teacher of the Year
Award this year were also recognized: Joe Brock, HS; Carol
Cowan, HS; Rob Berg, MW; Nora Coleman, NW; Judy Roll, NW;
Marcy Kirsch, VE; Rick Lenhard, VE; Suzanne Monagan Pilon,
VE; Patrick Kruchten, Quest.