New Teacher Hotline Features New York Teacher of the Year

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Fairport, New York High School chemistry and physics teacher, Rich Ognibene, was featured on this week's New Teacher Hotline.

New York Teacher of the Year, Rich Ognibene

The classroom atmosphere has to be planned for as much as the content

New York Teacher of the Year, Rich Ognibene, joined host Mike Kelley to share teaching strategies that can help all teachers be more successful in the classroom on the New Teacher Hotline this week. A teaching veteran with more than 20 years of experience, Ognibene is one of the only male recipients of Teacher of the Year.

Ognibene teaches chemistry and physics at Fairport High School Fairport, New York. He has taught science for middle and high school students and has served as a mentor teacher to many first-year teachers. He said, “What makes great teachers great is on those days when you struggle and things don’t go perfectly, you wake up the next day and go in with the strength and the love and the wisdom to keep going.”

Ognibene discussed the struggles new teachers face, the obstacles of classroom management and the importance of establishing classroom rules the first day of school. “The classroom atmosphere has to be planned for as much as the content,” Ognibene said about the importance of classroom management and preparation. He shared personal lessons learned as a new teacher and offered examples of how to engage students in a variety of ways that not only teaches them the content, but also allows students to work in groups and encourage each other.

To conclude the interview Ognibene shared his most valued piece of advice. “When every strategy fails, more love is always a viable solution,” Ognibene told listeners. To listen to the full interview, visit and click on Episode 18, “Rich Ognibene, New York Teacher of the Year”.

The guest appearance of Rich Ognibene is the second in a new series of podcasts for the New Teacher Hotline. The new series, called American Top Fifty, aims to interview the Teachers of the Year from all 50 states. Hosts Mike Kelley and Dr. Glen Moulton will talk with these distinguished teachers about their techniques and experience in the classroom.

About the New Teacher Hotline
The New Teacher Hotline is a free resource developed by ABCTE and other teaching experts that provides new teachers with classroom management and lesson planning tips to improve their overall effectiveness. ABCTE teamed up with Dr. Glen Moulton, a supervisor of instruction and lifelong teacher trainer, and Michael Kelley, the author of Rookie Teaching for Dummies, to develop an online forum for new teachers. The New Teacher Hotline will continue to host two podcasts per month which will provide practical guidance on teaching techniques and strategies so that every teacher can be more successful. Visit to listen.

The New Teacher Hotline is presented courtesy of the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence,

The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence is non-profit organization, dedicated to recruiting, certifying and supporting teachers essential for student success. ABCTE offers the Passport to Teaching program –an innovative alternative route to teacher certification for highly knowledgeable individuals who want to change careers and become teachers. ABCTE is currently developing Distinguished Teacher, an advanced credential for teachers who advance student learning. For more information about ABCTE, please visit

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