Filipino-American teacher Eleuterio Timbol wins Empire State New York Governor’s award

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Math teacher Dr. Eleuterio “Ely” F. Timbol, Jr. was among the New York public school educators who received this year’s Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award. Photo from Ely Timbol IG.

Filipino-American educator Dr. Eleuterio “Ely” Timbol, Jr. has won the Governor’s Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award in New York.

The Laguna and Cavite-educated math teacher at the High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety was announced among the winners of the award which honored 54 public school educators across the State of New York for their excellence in teaching and “commitment to success for all of their students.”

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The Filipino-born nominee of District 28, New York City, was chosen as an award recipient by a panel of educational leaders from several New York State professional associations.

Timbol has been teaching for 24 years – five years in the Philippines and 19 years in New York City, according to The FilAm magazine.

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

Timbol also dedicated the award to his mother and brother, who both passed away in the last two years.

“I feel this award will make them happy in heaven,” Timbol adds.

Born in Romblon, Timbol was raised in Laguna and obtained his Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Saint Michael’s College of Laguna (SMCL) and his Ph.D. in Educational Management from Cavite State University.

He was earlier given the Filipino International Service Award by the Association of Filipino Teachers in Eastern America (AFTEA), New York. He was named among the Outstanding Michaeleans during SMCL’s 40th anniversary.

The Filipino teacher was named among this year’s Award recipients by New York Governor Kathy Hochul in June 2022.

Timbol and the other winners were rewarded with a $5,000 stipend for their continued learning and professional endeavors.

The Governor’s Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes educational leaders (PreK-12) who exemplify the professional work of thousands of outstanding, progressive teachers and innovative educators striving to attain New York standards and success for all students.

Filipino teachers overseas who received recognition for their excellence in teaching include primary autism teacher Ma. Ismela “Ella” Nava and Sarah Lancaster – the first teacher with Asian/Pacific Islander (API) heritage to be named Minnesota Teacher of the Year in the United States.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Filipino-born educator Dr. Eleuterio “Ely” F. Timbol, Jr., for winning the Governor’s Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award in New York!

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