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Patrick F. Daly Award

Veteran Staten Island teacher honored

Mohr (fifth from right) is joined at the podium by Pathways to Graduation colleaJonathan FickiesMohr (fifth from right) is joined at the podium by Pathways to Graduation colleagues (from left) Nick Igbayo, Niah Howell, Principal Christine Dooley, Antonio Spinelli, Ciro Ambrosio, Kwesi Ndzibah and Bill Gannon.

Staten Island Borough President James Oddo (center) presents the awards to Mohr Jonathan FickiesStaten Island Borough President James Oddo (center) presents the awards to Mohr (left) and PS 13 Principal Paul Martuccio. “This is not a singular award but an award that belongs to the whole school,” teacher Wilson Mohr insisted after receiving the Patrick F. Daly Award for education leadership. A 37-year classroom veteran, Mohr switched four years ago from teaching middle school math to preparing students at Pathways to Graduation’s St. George’s Hub on Staten Island to meet exam requirements for graduation. “I consider myself a domestic missionary,” he said of his work at the alternative high school. “My mission is to embrace every student and encourage every student to prepare for a career or college.” To expand experiences for students outside the classroom, Mohr organizes field trips and other informative and entertaining events. Underscoring how the whole staff shared in the achievement, Mohr pointed with pride to the school’s being named a School for Academic Excellence last year. The Patrick F. Daly Award is named for a principal gunned down in Brooklyn on the way to a student’s home 25 years ago. Members of the Daly family were present at the Sept. 28 award ceremony at Staten Island Borough Hall.

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