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Kenneth Schiumo announced as Teacher of the Year

Karina Grokhovskaya

Some may know him as Coach Schiumo.

Others know him as Mr. Schiumo.

Either way, Kenneth Schiumo is the 2023-24 Teacher of the Year.

“I am honored,” Schiumo said. “The fact that my staff around me chose me for this prestigious award in nomination with so many amazing teachers here on campus is just truly a blessing. You know, this is not something that I really expected. I’ve been nominated previously, but I mean, you just look at other people doing their job every day and you’re just in awe and you’re just like, wow.”

For assistant principal Victoria Tong, Schiumo is fun and engaging with his students.

“He’s very vocal with his students,” Tong said. “He is a mentor to a student teacher. He’s always up for engagement and students answering questions so he’s very fun. I can hear him sometimes when I’m on the other side of the wall with the excitement of the lesson. So he’s lecturing. He’s lecturing and I and I’m on the other side of the wall, like, not even in his classroom. And I can still hear him and his kids laughing and they’re having a good time.”

For some students on campus, Schiumo is able to make class more enjoyable.

“He makes sure that every student gets the opportunity of learning about history,” senior Hardik Acharya said. “And just like overall, in a more nonacademic setting, he just likes to interact with students, get to know him better, and overall make the class more fun.”

For Schiumo, being named teacher of the year is not what he wants as his legacy.

“It’s a great accomplishment, yes,” Schiumo said. “It’s amazing to have the respect of my peers and to be someone on the campus that’s recognized and represents all that liberty is. But it’s not really something to me that is going to change what I’m doing. You know, hopefully this is just an accomplishment along the way, and I hope I’m not remembered for being Teacher of the Year.

I hope I’m remembered for everything I do for staff and students every single day.

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Karina Grokhovskaya
Karina Grokhovskaya, Executive Producer
Karina Grokhovskaya is a Senior in her fourth year in broadcast and second year as executive producer for the WTV daily update. She is also in her second year on the debate team. In her free time, she loves to ice skate, read, and hang out with her friends. She is excited for her senior year and all that is to come this school year. Contact Karina: Karina.Grokhovskaya.807@k12.friscoisd.org

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