During the school year, the well-known TV anchor shows up at school districts throughout the Rochester-area to provide deserving educators with the award which recognizes excellence in the classroom. This time, it was a Pal-Mac teacher receiving the honor.
As Lando entered the room with a photographer following closely behind, Gross was greeted with a smiling Lando presenting a plaque followed by a flurry of interview questions.
Gross, a literacy teacher for grades six through eight, has been teaching for a total of 19 years with the past 16 years spent at Pal-Mac.
“I get to live and breathe my passion for literacy every day,” stated Gross. “I am so fortunate to have a career that I love. Every day, I have the ability to support and encourage my students' reading and writing lives.”
Award winners are selected based on nominations submitted. The nomination for Gross was submitted by her student, eighth grader Alyssa Miles. Miles had Gross as a seventh grader and also now as an eighth grader, and thoroughly enjoyed her time in class especially the personal connection she felt with Mrs. Gross.
“Mrs. Gross reminds me of my best friend and I am drawn to her great personality and her teaching style,” said Myles.
“As a student, I never felt connected to the school community,” added Gross.” I showed up, did what I had to do and went through the motions. My hope is that I can provide a different experience for my students. One where they feel connected to the school community in some way.”
Gross is certainly putting into action the reason she teaches with the impact ever-evident on student Alyssa Miles.
Pal-Mac Middle School is becoming a regular when it comes to recipients of the prestigious award as last year teacher Christy Alexander was presented with the award.
Teachers throughout the district continue to go above and beyond to serve students, and the district would like to thank Gross and all teachers throughout the district for their work in providing a world-class, relevant education to all students!
Way to go Teresa, thanks for making us #PalMacProud.