Christmas came early for Matt Schifano. It arrived via email, a congratulatory correspondence informing Selbyville Middle School’s sixth-grade keyboarding teacher that he was among three national recipients of the National Association for Alternative Certification (NAAC) Conference Award for Outstanding New Educators.

“I actually found a few days before Christmas. So it was a fun email to get right before I went on break,” said Mr. Schifano.The award honors exemplary educators who are in their first three years of teaching, were certified through an alternative route program that is a member of NAAC, and demonstrate passion for and commitment to the success of every student. Mr. Schifano will receive the award during the NAAC Annual Conference, March 16-18 in San Antonio, Tex. While in the home of The Alamo, he’ll also be attending workshops. Read more here.

This award is in line with the Educator Support & Development recommendations listed in Student Success 2025.