Our Golden Apple Award winner tells his students he loves them every day. And that's just one of the reasons we're honoring Dwayne Cerbone from Pittsford Sutherland High School.
Mr. Cerbone is a Math Teacher at Sutherland. "Cerbone" as the kids call him, is the kind of teacher they don't forget. Senior Lee Drinkwater had him last year. "And then one day it hit me I realized he should get a lot of credit for this. And I feel like the Golden Apple Award is what he should really get to deserve that credit."
Lee says Mr. Cerbone ends every class by telling his students he loves them. "It motivates you because he does so well to make you happy that in a way you want to return the favor by doing well in his class almost."
Sutherland Principal Liz Konar says "It tells all of us he is a role model and not just for the kids but for the rest of us as well. He says it every day, year after year. So he means it."
We surprised Mr. Cerbone in the middle of a test... his students didn't seem to mind. He has been a teacher for 19 years. Why does he tell his kids he loves them? "I think when we come to school and we struggle everyday with the things we do it's hard to learn sometimes, It's hard to pick up the skills we're doing. And if they can leave my classroom knowing that I invest in them and that I love them, they love it so. Guys what do I send you out with every day when I tell you to leave? We love you. We love you and have a great day. Because I think people need to know people in life love them."
Dwayne Cerbone is a News 8 Golden Apple Award winner. You can read the letter Lee wrote to us by looking below.
Dear News 8,
Mr. Cerbone taught the AP statistics class I took my junior year, and did much to influence both my academic and personal life. Mr. Cerbone teaches several math classes, from lower level algebra to college level statistics. He is capable of effectively teaching and working with students of all intelligence levels.
As the AP statistics exam drew close, Mr. Cerbone held a review session for his Sutherland students. Nearly all of his students showed up for the review at 8:00am on a Saturday morning, not to mention students taking AP stat from Pittsford Mendon, Brighton, and even HFL. Mr. Cerbone sacrificed three hours of his Saturday in order to help over seventy students review for an AP exam. Mr. Cerbone's teaching methods are flexible to any students' needs. No matter what class he is teaching, he makes the learning enjoyable, which really can make the difference between failing and passing when it comes to a kid who's academically struggling.
Outside the classroom, Cerbone's door is always open and he will willingly spend his time helping any student who needs it. Outside of school, Cerbone co-owns a deck building company and is a pastor at his church. Yet somehow, he still makes time for all of his students, answering any email within ten minutes. On a personal level, Mr. Cerbone has inspired my love of statistics and has always pushed me to higher levels of thinking. Mr. Cerbone is a teacher who truly deserves recognition for all that he does.
Sutherland HS Senior