John Halloran Named Distinguished Teacher of 2018

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The district is proud to announce that Connetquot High School science research teacher John Halloran has been named a “Distinguished Teacher of 2018” by the Harvard Club of Long Island.

Mr. Halloran will be honored at the Harvard Club of Long Island’s annual University Relations Luncheon on April 15, along with 11 other teachers across Long Island. He was nominated for the honor by Connetquot Class of 2017 valedictorian Mit Patel, who is currently attending Harvard University. 

“Mr. Halloran provided me with not only a realistic view of the world but armed me with a mentality that allowed me to overcome challenges,” said Mit. “It would be a grave injustice to just describe him as very knowledgeable and a good teacher. I feel his goal wasn’t to just teach us about biology and research, it was more than that, it was to prepare us for the world.” 

A teacher for 18 years in the district, Mr. Halloran has taught Regents biology and chemistry, Advanced Placement biology, as well as Sports Science. He has also taught an elective class in forensics. Five years ago, he started a research program that now occupies his full course load. This year, a team of students from the school and working under Mr. Halloran’s guidance were named a semifinalist for the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. He is also a volunteer in his spare time, coaching his two sons in basketball for the past six years.

“As the inaugural teacher of our high school’s science research program, Mr. Halloran is helping to shape the future by expanding and deepening students’ passion for science through the introduction of real world applications and practical learning experiences in what feels like a professional laboratory setting,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lynda Adams. “His methodology for teaching is in direct alignment with our district’s core mission of providing students with meaningful, engaging lessons that help to develop them into well-rounded adults and productive citizens.”

Mr. Halloran graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He went on to earn a master’s degree in Secondary Education from Dowling College. Prior to teaching, Mr. Halloran worked for Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals.

“This award honors teachers who transform lives,” said Dr. Judith Esterquest, Harvard Club of Long Island chair of the Distinguished Teacher Selection Committee. “Devoted teachers like Mr. Halloran offer Long Island students deep expertise, extraordinary talents and countless hours of attention. By capturing the minds and imaginations of our children and preparing them for challenges that were unknown even a few decades ago, these teachers shape the future of our country.”