Christian Brothers Academy has awarded Vivanne Saba as Lasallian Educator of the Year for the 2016-17 school year.
Saba, who joined the CBA family in September of 1991, was nominated by her colleagues and was presented with the award at the Scholastic Honors Night, and recognized at the Lasallian Dinner and Auction last month.
In addition, to receiving the Lasallian Educator of the Year Award, Senator John Defrancisco ’64 presented Saba with the New York State Senate Teacher of Excellence Award this past week. Saba was one of approximately 30 educators who was honored at West Genesee High School. The New York State Senate Teachers of Excellence awards program recognizes and honors those teachers who are making a difference in the community. Saba was nominated by Principal Matt Keough.
Saba has taught all levels of Spanish from 8th grade through the Advanced Placement courses. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education from SUNY at Cortland and completed graduate studies in Spanish from Syracuse University, and graduate studies in French from the University of Neuchatel in Neuchatel, Switzerland.
Outside of the classroom, Saba has been involved in the CBA community through her roles as a Middle State Coordinator, Chairperson of the World Language Department, Moderator of the Salsa Club and coordinator of student European trips. In 2011, she was the recipient of the very prestigious International Educator of the Year Award from the Members of the International Center of Syracuse.
In the words of her students:
“Her class and enthusiasm for her work have inspired me to pursue Spanish in college. Seeing the passion she has for teaching and her students, motivates and heartens everyone around her.”
“Señora is a loving mentor, teacher and mother. A great woman who I have found to be a role model through the past years.”