Teachers are incredibly special people. Not only are they amazing at their job, they always go above and beyond what's expected of them. Teachers truly care for their students like their own kids during the school year.

Our new Teacher of The Week is the perfect example of that. He does an awesome job teaching, but goes that extra mile to care for his kids beyond the limits of the classroom.

Congratulations to Mr. Luke Tassoni from Harlem Middle School! Luke was nominated by Lori Romero who's son Zander is in Luke's class. The nomination letter reads -

My son Zander Romero has Mr. Tassoni for 8th grade Social Studies. On December 10th I was admitted to the ICU where I spent 10 days battling Covid-19 and pneumonia. My husband was instantly left to work full time, care for our 5 children, and run our entire household alone. He was obviously stretched very thin. My son was left getting less support at home with his remote learning. Mr. Tassoni immediately noticed a difference with Zander and reached out to us to see what was going on. Once I told him of our situation he immediately stepped into action. He met individually with Zander to get him caught up, he kept me updated on Zander's progress, and even brought Zander a pair of headphones to our house as my husband was overwhelmed with all he was now responsible for and didn't get to the store to buy him a new pair. I am in awe of how Mr. Tassoni went above and beyond to help us during this difficult time. The thing that impresses me the most is that he was not told we were going through this, he immediately noticed a change in Zander. I am sure he has over 100 students and he noticed almost immediately a difference in one of those students. Mr. Tassoni definitely deserves this honor and recognition.


We couldn't agree more, Luke totally deserves to be 97ZOK's Teacher of The Week! We dropped off a delicious bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes and a beautiful floral arrangement from Broadway Florist to thank Luke for being such a rockstar teacher.

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