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Three High School Educators Recognized as Distinguished Teachers by the Harvard Club of Long Island

Three High School Educators Recognized as Distinguished Teachers by the Harvard Club of Long Island

Three Longwood High School teachers, Ms. Guisti, Mr. Tapia, and Mr. Ross (not in photo), have been recognized by the Harvard Club of Long Island for their contributions to our students, schools, and community. Every year since the program's inception in 2005, current Harvard undergraduates from Long Island have nominated secondary-level educators who have made the most significant difference in their lives. 

Mr. Tapia, High School Social Studies Department Chair, has been "Honored as a Distinguished Teacher of 2023" and will be recognized at an award ceremony on March 18, along with only 11 other teachers chosen from the 125 districts on Long Island. 

Alumna Emily Arbuiso (Class of 2021) nominated Mr. Tapia for his positive engagement with students, outstanding mentorship, and for providing a welcoming learning environment.

"Mr. Tapia made an effort to connect with and understand all students and their backgrounds," said Ms. Arbuiso. "He advocates for the diversity of thought and experiences in learning. He continually inspires his students."

Mr.Tapia has served as an educator at Longwood for 28 years and plays a pivotal role in the continued growth and development of the high school's career academies as well as the development of the school and business partnerships, leading to work-study programs, internships, and student job placement. 

English teachers Ms. Guisti and Mr. Ross also received nominations and are being "Recognized as Distinguished Teachers."  

Mr. Ross has been a teacher for 24 years at the District. His nomination highlighted him for "keeping student engagement at the forefront and consistently listening to student opinions and voices."

For 25 years, Ms. Guisti has served at Longwood. Her nomination shared how much she inspired her students and how much they appreciated her positivity and resilience throughout the challenges of the pandemic.

"The lasting positive impact that these three extraordinary educators have had on their students is an outstanding example of exactly what all of our teachers, staff, and administrators strive for each and every day," said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lohman. "Their hard work, dedication, and leadership continue to inspire students to learn and grow toward reaching their true potential while they are with us here and Longwood and beyond."