Haverhill High School teacher David Reed won the Haverhill YMCA's second Teacher of the Year award at the Y's annual recognition event last week.
Reed was nominated for the award by former Haverhill High Summer School Principal Barry Mooers, who was a nominee in 2009, the first year for the award.
Reed joined the Haverhill district in 1980 and began teaching biology, history and social studies, working with students from Haverhill's growing Latino population. He's also currently in charge of testing and placement for all incoming students who might need English language learning services.
In his nomination letter, Mooers called Reed a "tireless worker."
"Before, during and after classes," Mooers said. "He has a passion for preparation and can be found in his beloved classroom ... Room 202 until late in the evening."
Reed, Mooers said, contributes to the community outside of Room 202, leading the spring Bilingual Social, which Mooers said is the "signature extracurricular event of the school's Latino population."
Reed also coordinates the school's talent show and has been girls tennis coach for over 25 years.
On the walls of Room 202, Mooers said, are photos of many students he's taught over the past 30 years.
"If there were a picture there for every student he has taught or who has felt the influence of his sure and steady hand," Mooers said, "there would not be enough walls in the high school to contain them."
Other nominees for the award included Pentucket Lake second-grade teacher Elinor Chernesky, nominated by Pentucket Lake Principal Dianne Connolly; Sacred Heart Kindergarten teacher Susan Skolski, nominated by parent Tim Jordan, whose two sons were in Skolski's class; Bradford Elementary first-grade teacher Sandra McGurren, nominated by Ellen Corriveau, whose daughter was in McGurren's class last year; Alternative School Principal John DePolo, nominated by school secretary Judy DeMellia; Moody School preschool teacher Lynne Lynch; and Greenleaf Elementary second-grade teacher Nicole Sanchez.
Tracy Fuller, executive director of the Haverhill YMCA, said honoring a top educator is in line with the Y's mission.
"Our motto is 'We build strong kids, strong families and strong communities,'" she said. "With that, what better way than to honor those who are building strong kids with us?"
Fuller added: "There aren't a lot of events that recognize the hard work the teachers do. To share some great teachers and highlight their accomplishments and achievements, it's nice to give them an opportunity to get recognized."
The Haverhill YMCA, in its 156th year and located at 81 Winter St., also honored those who have been members at the Haverhill institution for 50 years: Tom Vartabedian, David Youngblood, Teddy DeRoche, Dr. Gene Grillo, Fred Battisini Sr. and Morris Piccolo. For their dedication, these members received towels embroidered with their name and the YMCA logo.
Three YMCA staff members were also honored at the ceremony. Judy Collins, for her five years of service; Barbara Malonson, for her five years of service; and Ryan Allen, the Y's youth services director, for his 10 years of service.
Additionally, according to Fuller, the educator nominees received citations from the city of Haverhill and from the state. Mayor Fiorentini presented the city's citations, while state Rep. Brian Dempsey presented the state citations. The nominees also received $50 gift baskets from Salem's Got Books.
Reed, for his win, received one book for each student at Haverhill High School, a total of 1,795 books, from Got Books.
Pentucket Bank cosponsored the event, while Merrimack Valley Hospital and Lowell Five were important contributors, as well. Haverhill's Lindsay Rose Catering catered the event at the Y, which was attended by more than 140 people, and Haverhill Brewery provided beverages.