LITTLE SILVER – Teacher Mandy Galante of Red Bank Regional High School’s Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) was recently honored by Yale University with its 2012 Yale Educator Award.
Galante, a Little Silver resident, was nominated for the honor by her former student, Jared Katzman, now a freshman at Yale.
Katzman was a very successful student at RBR and won several national team competitions under Galante’s tutelage in the Cyber Security and information technology areas.
Galante is one of 90 teachers and counselors from 22 states and 12 countries who received the award.
According to a press release from the Yale Office of Graduate Admissions, “The Yale Admissions Office attributes the exceptional quality of the Yale student body to educators like these who shape the students long before they attend Yale, and like to thank these and all educators for their ongoing efforts in motivating and supporting their students.”
Galante was also named RBR’s and Monmouth County’s 2012 Teacher of the Year, as well as NJ’s Teacher of the Year by the Air Force Association. The latter sponsors the National CyberPatriot Competition which Galante’s students, including Jared Katzman, took the national championship.
“It is Mrs. Galante’s teaching style and attitude that has rightfully been the root of merits received,” Katzman said of his former teacher and mentor. “She has created a unique and intensive program that brought national attention to a small public school … One thing is for sure, I would not be where I am without Mrs. Galante and she deserves every honor in the world.”