Spotlight on

Brianne Torre



Bellport Middle School teacher Brianne Torre was recently named

a winner in the Teachers Federal Credit Union’s second annual

Teacher Appreciation Week Contest. She was one of 12 educators

out of 1,000 nationwide to earn a $1,000 classroom grant.

“I'm truly honored and surprised to be recognized in this way,” said Torre.

“My job is a privilege, and making a difference in the lives of students on a

daily basis has always been a priority and what I consider to be part of the work.”

Torre received the honors after being nominated by her colleague and friend,

Dr. Lindsay Blaszcyk, who also mentored her when she first arrived at

Bellport Middle School in 2015.

Torre was praised for her educational philosophy

and the work she has done in the classroom.

“I love laughing and learning with my students,” said Torre. “Every day is

new and exciting. I get to watch my students grow as young adults, both academically

and emotionally, and I enjoy coaching them through their ups and downs.” She added,

“Growing up is confusing, ever-changing and sometimes very isolating. I want to always

be a constant in my students' lives, someone they can depend on each and every day

to support them, love them and prepare them for their lives ahead.”

Torre began her career at Bellport Middle School as a permanent substitute teacher

and leave replacement teacher in 2015. She was later hired for a probationary position in the

English language arts department. She attended SUNY New Paltz for her undergraduate

degree, where she majored in adolescent education concentrated in English, and

attended St. Joseph's University for a master's degree in literacy and cognition.


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