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Massapequa Observer - Schools

Massapequa Teacher Wins Award

Massapequa High School English Teacher Alice Alarcon has been named a “Distinguished Teacher of 2013” by the Harvard Club of Long Island. The award, given annually to a dozen exceptional teachers from 120 school districts across Long Island, is based on nominations from former students and recommendations from the Harvard Club of Long Island.

Alarcon was nominated by Harvard University freshman Lauren Reisig, who described Alarcon as “one of the most dynamic individuals you will ever meet.  She is brilliant, but not arrogant. She is tough, but caring.”

Alarcon, an instructor in Massapequa Schools for 13 years, currently teaches SCALE Composition, a course taught in conjunction with a LIU-CW Post professor; eleventh grade Advanced Placement Language and Composition and tenth grade Regents English. Before becoming a teacher, she contemplated law school, but a volunteer assignment to teach a young girl to read “changed my life forever,” according to the Harvard Club pressrelease.

A traveler and explorer, Alarcon spent significant time in Africa this past summer, where she visited classrooms, met teachers, and assessed the needs of local students. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, she often assists students with their college essays, and writes numerous letters of recommendations to support student applications to colleges, summer programs and scholarships.

“Harvard is a name associated with excellence in education, and I share my award with my students, my colleagues, parents and the district because when one succeeds, we all succeed,” said Alarcon.