Teacher of the Year 2010

Mrs. Sue Manley, Knollwood School Counselor
Congratulations Mrs. Manley for a well-deserved award.  Your caring and compassion for the staff and students at Knollwood are greatly appreciated.  You have made a difference.  Read this interview with Mrs. Manley to learn more about her.

Question: Where and when were you born?

I was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on September 27th.

Q: What is the name of your elementary school?

I went to Saint Aedan’s School for first through eighth grade.  It was a small Catholic School.

Q: Who was your favorite teacher and why? 

My favorite teacher was my first grade teacher Miss Decastro.  She was the first teacher that I ever had and because I loved school so much everything she did left a great impression on me.

Q: What do you like most about Knollwood School?

What I love most about Knollwood School are the students.  Their smiles and hugs fill me with joy.  They always have the most  interesting  stories to share too.

Q: What do you like most about your job? 

I enjoy teaching classes about character, kindness, and making good choices, and sharing stories during the lessons that make the students laugh.  I also love helping students work out problems and helping them put into practice the conflict resolution skills we learn about in class.

Q: What is your favorite color?

My favorite color would have to be red.  I have a red phone, a red car, and a red computer—so I guess it’s red!

Q: What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

During my spare time I love to cook with my son and watch cooking shows together---or better yet go out to eat to sample someone else’s cooking.

Q: What is the best advice you can give young people?

The best advice I could give to young people would be to “Believe in yourself and the world will believe in you too!”  That quote is from one of my favorite children’s books, Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell.  It’s about a little girl who is different in lots of ways but is encouraged by her grandmother to believe in herself and show the world who she is by her actions. 

Q: What is your favorite book?

I can’t say I have a favorite book, but I like nonfiction, and humorous books the most.

Q:  If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be? 

If I could meet anyone it would be Dr. Martin Luther King.

Q: What is your favorite meal?

My favorite meal is boiled lobster, corn on the cob and blueberry pie, preferably being eaten at a lobster pound in Maine.

Q: What is your favorite vacation?

My favorite vacation is a cruise.  I love being out on the ocean at night and seeing the moon reflect on the water.  It reminds you how small you are, and how vast and beautiful our planet is.  The endless buffet is great too!

Q: Do you have anything else you’d like to say?   

It’s a great honor to receive recognition from an incredibly talented and devoted group of people—my peers!