South Teacher Recognized as 2016 New Social Studies Teacher of the Year

The Long Island Council for the Social Studies, the premier professional organization of Social Studies Teachers in Nassau and Suffolk, has selected Valley Stream South High School’s Michael O’Brien as “2016 New Social Studies Teacher of the Year.”

Mr. O’Brien joined South last year after having been selected from a pool of over 500 candidates. He currently teaches 7th, 8th and 11th grade US History.  Besides his classroom responsibilities, he is an active member of the South community serving as Junior Class Advisor, JV Girls’ Basketball coach and Middle School Girls’ Softball coach.  He previously taught at St. Edmund’s Preparatory Academy in Brooklyn.

In his nomination of O’Brien, South Social Studies Chairman Michael Serif said, “Since coming to Valley Stream South, Mr. O’Brien has proven himself again and again to be a hard-working and collaborative colleague.  He is quick to share his resources and very open to learning from his colleagues.  His lessons are uniformly interesting and exciting for students and he has developed a large following of students who populate his extra help sessions.”
As a result of his selection for this award, the LICSS will submit Mr. O’Brien’s name as a candidate for “New Social Studies Teacher of 2016” for a state level award.