It seems highly unlikely that Bobby Callamari’s students watch the clock and anxiously wait for the bell to ring. He’s the Macopin Middle School teacher, a 2012 Nyack School of Education alumnus, who was recently named “Teacher of the Year” by the West Milford, NJ school district. No small feat for an educator who has taught for only six years.
Bobby explains, “I have taught five different curriculums to two different grade levels, developed a middle school Model UN program, while simultaneously directing the high school Model UN team and have headed-up countless clubs including flag football, volleyball, weight lifting, board games and chess.”
He is quick to point out that his undergraduate alma mater played a big role in his success. “Studying at Nyack College was one of the greatest decisions of my life,” he says. “Not only did I find an enriched academic experience bolstered by competent faculty, I experienced a Christian environment that cultivated in me a deep love for Jesus Christ and His Church. As a proud alumnus of the Class of 2012, I constantly find myself reminiscing with old friends about our days at Nyack and sharing the stories that have shaped us into the men and women who we have now become. I am so grateful for what Nyack was for me, and I would readily go back and choose it all again.”
How do his personal values weather the sometimes challenging public school environment?
“As a public school teacher who is a Christian, my philosophy of teaching has always been simple and straightforward: I serve God, not man, and it is my privilege to love my students the way Jesus does. I am far from perfect, but I try my best to remind myself that my work is worship, and to give my very best to my students, colleagues and administration. It’s not about recognition or awards, but about doing something well and honoring God with what He has given me,” Bobby explains.
“I am so grateful for all the support that Nyack has provided over the years. From my observation placements and student teaching semester, to the support and mentorship of the incredibly intentional Education and History departments, I have been shaped for the better by Nyack College, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you, Nyack!”
Congratulations, Bobby Callamari! You represent us so well.