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Teacher of the Year

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Mr. William Colangelo
Art Teacher
Teacher of the Year 2023-2024

Mr. Colangelo graduated Magna Cum Laude from William Paterson University with a double major in Studio Art and Education. He is currently the Art Teacher, STEAM Teacher (for the morning program), School Safety Culture and Climate Committee lead, and Title 1 Coordinator.

Mr. Colangelo loves education, the art of learning, and always puts “students first”. Before starting his tenor with Roland Rogers Elementary School, Mr. Colangelo began illustrious careers with the education divisions of the LEGO Company and Crayola. He followed his heart, leaving those careers behind and earned the position of Art Teacher at Roland Rogers Elementary. His work as an Art Teacher, however, extends far beyond the art room. Mr. Colangelo has utilized his experiences with technology and STEM by enhancing the Roland Roger’s academic morning program through project based learning and infusing STEAM and STEM activities. As a result of his work, the morning program was renamed Roland’s Enrichment Club. Towards his colleagues, Mr. Colangelo is jovial, friendly, reliable, and trustworthy.

His presence at Roland Rogers has clearly enhanced the climate of the school for our students. He makes an effort to connect with each child in the school (600+ wonderful kids), either during arrival, dismissal, or in class by greeting each student by name with a smile and excitement.

Mr. Colangelo has shown his students to express themselves, to be unique, to be “YOU”. Everyone is an artist to this exceptional educator/artist. Mr. Colangelo makes sure all students have a voice and a place in his classroom.

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