Sherman Teacher Named FASNY Teacher Of The Year

From left, Sherman Central School Principal Bryna Booth; FASNY first vice president Steve Klein; sixth grade teacher Joel Fisher; Terry Hannigan of Hannigan Law Firm and award sponsor; and Marsha Holland, FASNY Teacher of the Year Committee Chair. Submitted photo

SHERMAN — During a recent ceremony at Sherman Central School, sixth-grade math and science teacher Joel Fisher was honored with the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York annual Teacher of the Year award. The award recognizes a teacher who has gone above and beyond in their dedication to the safety and advancement of her/his students and their families.

Fisher was surprised with the award during the school’s morning assembly, with FASNY representatives in attendance amongst the students, faculty, staff and even members of his own fire department. They commented on Fisher’s dedication not only to the education of his students, but also their well-being and safety in emergency situations.

“Mr. Fisher is an exemplary teacher and role model in our school. He is always willing to drop everything and help in any and all circumstances. I’m proud to know someone who is so dedicated to the community and keeping kids safe,” said Bryna Booth, Sherman Central School principal.

Mr. Fisher is passionate about fire safety, organizing a yearly visit from the local fire departments at the school’s Fire Prevention Day. Hosted on the football field, all students from Pre-K to sixth grade visit the trucks, learn about fire prevention from their local heroes, and tour the firehouse. The goals are for students to become comfortable with firefighters, understand the equipment, and learn how to do their part to prevent fires.

After the school year, Mr. Fisher continues his community involvement through teaching in the summer school program, where he works with colleagues on an annual safety week. Students engage in activities such as visiting the neighboring safety village, learning protocol for fires in the home, and even a fire truck water slide.

“Joel is an exemplary teacher, firefighter and individual who embodies what this award represents,” said FASNY President Ken Pienkowksi. “My hope is that teachers around the country learn from Mr. Fisher’s example and incorporate fire safety into their lessons, fostering a safe classroom in any situation.”

Mr. Fisher lives less than a block from both the school and fire department and is always visible in the school and community. He lives with his three daughters and his wife, who works as a psychologist in a neighboring district.

Founded in 1872, FASNY represents the interests of the approximately 110,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in New York State.? For more information, visit