Le Moyne College Professor Dr. Schmidt Inducted into SANY Hall of Fame

SANY Superintendent Dr. Hayali Awards Le Moyne Porfessor

Thursday, May 25th, 2023: Dr. Patricia Ruggiano Schmidt was another excellent educator awarded by SANY Superintendent Dr. Hayali during our 20th Anniversary celebration. Dr. Schmidt is a Professor of Education at Le Moyne College. Her 20 years of teaching in elementary and secondary schools became the foundation for pursuing a literacy and language learning doctorate at Syracuse University. After retiring, Dr. Schmidt began consulting for culturally responsive and sustaining teaching at Syracuse Academy of Science (SAS). Joe Vargo of Business and Education Partnerships Inc. encouraged Patricia to visit SAS schools and meet Dr. Tolga Hayali, a superior urban education leader. As a result, she began teaching, learning, and studying with teachers and administrators at this charter school.

Dr. Schmidt also worked with Syracuse Academy of Science teachers to publish “Authentic Voices: Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning.” The book is written by K-4 teachers describing the benefits of using students’ customs, characteristics, experiences, and perspectives for a better classroom environment. 

Thank you, Dr. Schmidt, for your dedication to all students in the community!

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