Georgio honored to be Cumberland Teacher of the Year



Eric Georgio, math and computer science teacher at Cumberland High School, has been named Cumberland District Teacher of the Year 2021.

CUMBERLAND – A teacher at Cumberland High School who administrators say has gone out of his way to help his students during the pandemic is the school district’s 2021 Teacher of the Year.

Eric Georgio, who teaches math and computer science at the CHS, has worked in the district for the past six years, his entire teaching career.

“It’s a huge honor,” Georgio told The Breeze of his Teacher of the Year award. “I felt very humbled.” He said he is grateful to be working with a great team at CHS, including teachers, administrators and with students.

Georgio said he loved his job which makes the job easy. “What I love the most is working with the students,” he said. “As much as they learn from me, sometimes I also learn from them. ”

That moment when he can see in a student’s eyes that he finally understands something, “that’s what drives me,” he says. “That’s what I like.”

Reading a letter of appointment that he submitted to the administrative team, the director of the CHS, Adolfo Costa, said during the school committee meeting on June 24 that Georgio “has always stood out as a innovator, leader and positive force at the CHS ”, adding that he is“ a positive influence on our staff and our students, always fostering relationships that are conducive to learning. Superintendent now retired. Robert Mitchell said at the meeting that he doesn’t get many emails from parents saying wonderful things about many teachers, but he has personally received emails from parents praising Georgio.

“We are very lucky that he works in our school department,” he said. “There is no doubt that Eric is an outstanding example of the good work being done here in Cumberland.

Costa said Georgio had quickly adapted to the changing environments throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and, using his own money, purchased materials and set up his classroom in a way that offered the best learning experiences. learning possible for students both in person and those who are still learning virtually.

Georgio explained that he bought cameras, a large television, and microphones to try and create a very similar experience for students learning at home and those in the classroom. “It wasn’t cheap and it wasn’t easy,” he said, but what motivated him was the student experience. “I wanted to blur the line between students virtually and in person as much as possible. Having to go to school via a computer screen is hard enough. I knew I had to try to make it as engaging as possible.

His effort was noticed by many of his students, he said, who put their own efforts into learning. “What you give is what you get,” he said.

“He rose to the challenges while others resisted our new environments,” said Costa. “Appreciation emails quickly poured in from our community praising his efforts to meet the needs of all of his students. ”

Georgio’s impact on CHS goes beyond his own classroom, Costa said, noting that he helped establish a school play club to provide an inclusive environment for students to hang out with their peers. and compete.

The club doesn’t just focus on video games, but also board games, card games and table games, Georgio said, and before the pandemic, each meeting would attract between 50 and 60 students. “It’s a great program for students who sometimes don’t participate in other extracurricular activities,” he said.

In college studying computer science and math, Georgio said he initially planned to become a software engineer, but a few internships made him realize that he didn’t want to sit at a desk all day. He fell in love with teaching while tutoring in a math lab, he said.

Georgio, originally from Johnston, graduated from Stonehill College in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, and then from Bryant University in 2014 with a master’s degree in teaching, specializing in high school mathematics, he said.

He currently lives in Attleboro, Massachusetts with his wife, Jillian Boraski, a nurse practitioner.

Georgio said he loved the community of Cumberland. “There are a lot of great people in Cumberland,” he said. “The sense of community is really there.

He said he would like to thank everyone at CHS and across the district for all of their efforts over the past two school years affected by the pandemic. “I think everyone has risen to the task,” he said, adding that he was delighted to resume what should be a normal school year in the fall. In his remarks at the school board meeting, Costa said he mentioned to Georgio that he should consider the possibility of becoming a trustee. Georgio told The Breeze he’s not sure this is a path he will follow. “It’s a good thing in a way; that means I’m happy where I am, ”he said, adding,“ I’m not going to close any doors. “

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