Teacher and Educational Services Professional of the Year

Teacher and Educational Services Professional of the Year
Photo: (left to right) Barry Bachenheimer, Michael Sherman, and Alison Petaccia (PVHS)

We are pleased to announce the 2022-2023 Teachers and Educational Services Professionals of the year for Pascack Hills and Pascack Valley High Schools! This year, we recognize Mr. Michael Sherman (Pascack Valley Video Production Teacher) as our Teacher of the Year. Our Educational Service Professional of the Year is Mr. Enrico Attanasio (Pascack Valley School Psychologist).


When recognizing each teacher and professional in their respective classrooms and offices, students and colleagues shared quotes regarding the nominated recipients. Below are a few of these quotes that best describe the character of the recipients and their impact on our school community.

We congratulate all of this year's recipients for all of their continued efforts to make our district a special place.

Mr. Michael Sherman

Video Production Teacher

Photo: (left to right) Megan Graziano; Tom Gallione; Barry Bachenheimer; Michael Sherman; Alison Petaccia; and John Puccio (PVHS)

“Mr. Sherman has been not just a great teacher, but a friend to so many students. He does this through his engaging class which he allows students to freely express themselves through. Not only this, but he is the one who is (and has been) at all the sports events, live streaming them on PVTV. Not only this, but during COVID he was a key element in the remotely live-streamed trivia nights and PVTV episodes done virtually, etc.” 

“Sherman has become such a fixture at PV. He brings life, energy, ingenuity, and creativity to our students. So many students have found a voice in his programs, specifically PVTV. From offering activities during quarantine like scavenger hunts to PVTV, Sherman adds a necessary dynamic to our school culture that would feel less complete without him. I think PV is a better place because of Sherman and we are lucky to have him. He is also a class advisor which is a lot of time, work, and effort.”


Mr. Enrico Attanasio

School Psychologist

Photo: (left to right) Sydney Lima, Kerry Spano, Marie Zito, Tara Flannery, Eva Merk, Rick (Enrico) Attanasio, Danielle Macaluso, Elyse Elisano, Natalie Burd and Maria Russo (PVHS)


“Rick is a School Psychologist on the PV Child Study Team. He is an essential, go-to team member who is extremely knowledgeable and experienced and serves as a mentor, leader, and voice of reason. His realistic but supportive approach is very much appreciated, in addition to his strong perspective and humor. He works collaboratively with others, is creative with the individualized plans he creates for his students in need, is well-liked, and has a positive rapport with his students and their families. 

Additionally, Ricky is also an important, go-to representative of our athletic program. He conducts concussion tests, attends most sporting events/games and works as a ‘security guard’, monitors the weight room after school every day, is one of our baseball coaches.

Overall, Rick is one of the first to be in the building and one of the last to leave at the end of the day. He is hard-working and highly respected by his team members, staff, students, and families. He wears so many ‘hats’ at PV and aces each role he takes on! We are very lucky to have him!”

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