BY HALEY VICCARO
NISKAYUNA — Richard Ognibene, a former Niskayuna resident, was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame, a distinction he said honors the entire profession and stresses the importance of educators.
Ognibene teaches chemistry and physics at Fairport High School near Rochester, where he has taught thousands of 10-, 11- and 12th-graders over the past 23 years. Ognibene comes from a family of teachers — his parents taught at Siena College and his brother currently teaches social studies at Schenectady High School.
Ognibene, who is a Niskayuna High School and Siena College graduate, said he is excited about being chosen for the National Teachers Hall of Fame Class of 2015 not because he was recognized for his hard work, but because he believes teachers do not get the credit they deserve.
“My principal once said that whenever we recognize a teacher we bring honor to the entire profession,” he said. “I’m happy when teachers are honored. You hear a lot of bad stuff about teachers, but teachers work really hard.”
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