TAE Awards Top Teachers
The Apple Awards acknowledged more than 200 teacher nominees Monday in Monarch Hall.
Published: Sunday, May 13, 2012
Updated: Sunday, May 13, 2012 00:05
A brightly decorated Monarch Hall made for a warm atmosphere during
the Apple Awards ceremony April 30 when students and teachers shared
tables, pictures and memories while applauding the 218 listed nominees
of the top three Crystal Apple Awards.
Tau Alpha Epsilon and Phi Theta Kappa President Shawn Besharaty
explained that the Apple Awards was created approximately a decade ago
when TAE and PTK decided to implement a ceremony to commend select
“[This is] a small gesture to the professors who are helping mold our
future,” Besharaty said as he opened the event.
After his brief background to the history and return of the ceremony,
Valley College President Sue Carleo offered a few words.
“There’s no finer work that anyone can do,” Carleo said. “I’m just
delighted that we got this … going again.”
Afterward, the TAE President introduced the dance club, which
performed a piece for the event. Following the club’s performance,
each of the 218 Apple Award-certificate winners’ names was read off a
While the Apple Award certificates were given to all the nominees, the
Crystal Apple Awards were reserved for the top-voted teachers:
philosophy instructor Zack Knorr, sociology instructor Tiffany Lanoix
and German foreign language instructor Vic Fusilero. Each of the
winners spoke at the lectern, thanking students for voting for them
and expressing their experiences as teachers.
“I learn more from the students in my classes than I think they
actually learn from me,” Knorr said.
He also credited Valley students with expanding his knowledge and
understanding of philosophy.
Lanoix, the next Crystal Apple Award recipient, said, “It really does
mean a lot to us professors to be recognized and appreciated for what
She also brought her mother along to share in the joy of her
recognition. After Lanoix, the final Crystal Apple Award recipient,
He said, “I always approach language as not just the teaching of
grammar but also the teaching of culture.”
Once the top three teachers were awarded, English teacher William
Wallis introduced an inaugural, surprise award: the Dr. Alfred J.
Zucker Lifetime Achievement Award. Wallis expressed his gratitude to
the award recipient through a poem he wrote for him, metaphorically
describing Zucker’s caring ways as a teacher.
Zucker was grateful for receiving the inaugural award and thanked
students, faculty and TAE members for acknowledging his many years of
dedication. In addition, Zucker detailed his experiences on campus,
explaining how he was a Valley student in the 1950s and later returned
to the campus to teach.
“I’ve been teaching now for [more than] half a century,” he said.
Besharaty was thrilled TAE implemented the Lifetime Achievement Award,
naming it after Zucker to thank him for his dedication to Valley.
As far as awards go for Besharaty, “This is my award right here. This
is what makes me happy—acknowledging [Valley] teachers.”