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Calhoun Grad Named Mercy College Teacher of the Year

(Credit: Bellmore-Merrick CHSD)
(Credit: Bellmore-Merrick CHSD)
Editor’s Note: The following was written and submitted by representatives of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District.

Jason Elias has been awarded the Mercy College Teacher of the Year.

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Elias graduated from Calhoun High School in 1991 and in 2002, he returned to his alma mater. As a former scholar athlete, Elias believes in the importance of balancing academic pursuits with extracurricular activities. For the past seventeen years, he has been a model for both by teaching English and coaching soccer (and baseball).

In 2004 he developed Calhoun’s version of the Senior Experience Program, an interdisciplinary course combining English, Social Studies, service learning and an internship component. The work with the Invisible Children is Elias’ proudest accomplishment. To date, the program has raised over $100,000 and Calhoun has been named one of only three Legacy schools nationwide.

In addition to his work in the classroom, Elias coaches soccer at John F. Kennedy High School. It is evident that he enjoys working with all the children in our Bellmore-Merrick community and why he has positively impacted hundreds of students.

Congratulations Jason!

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