Eleuterio Timbol named one of outstanding public school teachers in N.Y. State

‘A great honor.’

By Cristina DC Pastor

Math teacher Eleuterio Timbol dedicated his Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award to his deceased mother and brother, who both passed away in the last two years.

“I feel this award will make them happy in heaven,” he said when reached by The FilAm.

Ely is one of 54 New York State public school teachers awarded the prestigious honor. As announced by Governor Kathy Hochul, she said the recipients were rewarded after an extensive process which also involved several New York State professional education associations. In the end, 54 outstanding educators were chosen “for their hard work and effort,” “for inspiring thousands of children across our great state,” and “for selflessly showing up for our kids.”

Ely received the news with a mixture of surprise and gratitude. “This recognition is one of the significant events in my personal and professional career. It’s an honor to be one of the 54,” he said.

Ely has been a teacher for 24 years, five years in the Philippines and 19 years in NYC. He is currently a New York City District 28 teacher, the Math Lead teacher at the High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety in Jamaica, Queens.

Born in Romblon and raised in Laguna province, he finished his elementary education at Platero Elementary School as 1st Honorable mention, and secondary education at Saint Michael’s College of Laguna as Salutatorian. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Saint Michael’s — awarded Gold Medal Excellence — where he majored in Mathematics. He pursued his master’s degree and finally acquired his PhD in Educational Management from Cavite State University.  

From Laguna to New York City, a teacher for 24 years.

He started his career as a high school teacher in Laguna. He became Math Department Coordinator from 1998- 2003 before moving to New York.    

In 2015, Ely was given Americas’ Finest Teacher Award by the Association of Filipino Teachers in America. The following year, he was named Saint Michael’s Outstanding Alumnus.

The New York Governor’s Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award is a “great honor,” he said.

“My family way back home in the Philippines is full of excitement upon hearing this recognition,” he told The FilAm. “I have two sisters and seven brothers and I can hear the sounds of loud excitement when they heard the news.”

“Ely is my very best friend,” said Judilyn Canete, president and CEO of MedStar USA/PH medical billing company. “He is a quiet, humble, down-to-earth guy.”

Said Ely, “I’m humbled to be recognized for the great job I do with my students every day by the State University of New York.” 

The award recognizes outstanding P-12 educational leaders who exemplify progressive and innovative teaching, striving to attain New York standards and success for all students, according to a press statement.  Awardees are career learners and educational professionals who are eager to represent their discipline, share their skills, and advise policymakers on important issues in education.

Awardees receive a $5,000 stipend distributed by the State University of New York. It will apply toward professional learning opportunities to continue to develop their knowledge and skills.

© The FilAm 2022

One Comment

  1. Michelle wrote:

    Congrats po sir ely proud former student here at Saint Micheals College of Laguna ^_^ thank you sir godbless

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