Teacher and Education Service Professional of the Year

Teacher and Education Service Professional of the Year
Photo: Teacher of the Year Christopher Nilsen with three students on each side

We are pleased to announce the 2023-2024 Teacher and Educational Services Professional of the year for Pascack Valley High School! This year, we recognize Mr. Christopher Nilsen (Science Teacher) as our Teacher of the Year. Our Educational Service Professional of the Year is Ms. Stephanie DiStasi (Guidance Counselor).


While these outstanding professionals will be recognized formally at a future Board of Education meeting, we encourage you to find photos of them below as well as quotes that were included in nomination submissions that best describe the character of the recipients and their impact on our school community.

Congratulations to our Teacher and Education Services Professional of the Year!


Mr. Christopher Nilsen

Pascack Valley Science Teacher

Photo: Class photo with Mr. Nilsen in the center of his students holding a bouquet of flowers
Photo: Mr. Christopher Nilsen, center holding a bouquet of flowers, surrounded by his students.


"I believe that Nilsen forms a rapport with each and every one of his students, making his classes enjoyable for everyone. He always has interesting stories to tell, which he incorporates into his lessons. He is very good at teaching a difficult course, [as] he explains complex topics at an understandable level.” - Student


“I feel that Mr. Nilsen's expertise in chemistry allows him to give his students a thorough and detailed learning experience. He always wants the best for his students.” - Student


Ms. Stephanie DiStasi

Pascack Valley Guidance Counselor

Photo: Stephanie DiStasi, center, surrounded by administration
Photo (l-to-r): Dr. Barry Bachenheimer, Mr. John Puccio, Ms. Aly Petaccia, Ms. Stephanie DiStasi, Dr. Sean Struncis, Mr. Tom Gallione


"[Ms.] DiStasi does an outstanding job at giving the most support she can. She frequently checks up on her students and is always looking to offer help and resources when needed. She shows genuine interest in helping her students thrive, and takes it even further by running PV Pals in hopes to make the freshman feel more welcome in our community.” - Student


“While I don't have [Ms.] Distasi as my guidance counselor, I do work very close with her on the Class Council. For the last three years that I have been on council, she has sacrificed her own time to make sure that everything ran smoothly, whether it was a fundraiser or just a meeting. Distasi works so hard to help our class with everything. She has also helped me in times of need. Whenever I have a problem either within the council or with other things, she [makes] sure that I know that I can always talk to her. Distasi has time and time again shown that she is selfless and caring and that's why I think she should receive this award.” - Student

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