Niagara Gazette — Falls schools Superintendent Cynthia Bianco said it’s her favorite duties in her role as leader of the city’s education machine. Recognizing teachers and other employees for their contributions, as the district did Thursday, never gets old, she said.
It’s teachers like Tiffaney Gadacz, a second grade enrichment instructor at Abate Elementary, and Georgia “Gigi” Littere, a cleaner at Geraldine J. Mann Elementary, represent exactly what the district is trying to do, she said.
“I tell (the staff) every year, it’s not just a job,” she said. “This is taking even the most unlovable and making them successful academically.”
Gadacz, especially, appears to have a talent for doing such tasks. As an enrichment teacher, she’s responsible for working to increase performance in positive ways.
According to those who nominated her, teacher on special assignment Carrie Cino and high school instructor Jill Wagner, she’s a classic example of someone who makes sure every student succeeds.
Wagner said she has first hand experience, as her own daughter was taught by Gadacz and spent days talking about how wonderful her teacher was.
Cino, too, spoke well of her district colleague.
“Her classroom is a testament to her,” Cino said. “It’s called Disneyland. Her students are always fully engaged, focused and respectful. She’s created an environment where the students love learning.”
Gadacz, herself, said she sets a very high expectation for her children. Caring about how and if they succeed is second nature to her, as it is for most teachers. But there’s one thing, she said, she doesn’t have enough of to make sure the job is done to the best of everyone’s ability, both her own and her students.
“Time,” she said. “Teaching is a lot of hard work. Time is very important.”