New York Teachers Named to Curriculum Associates’ 2023 Class of Extraordinary Educators™

Charles Giannone of Riley Avenue School in Riverhead and Lendy Milo of Oakwood Primary Center in Huntington receive national recognition for their best-in-class teaching and use of educational programs.

North Billerica, MA, February 7, 2023

Curriculum Associates has named Charles Giannone of Riley Avenue School in Riverhead, NY and Lendy Milo of Oakwood Primary Center in Huntington, NY to its 2023 class of Extraordinary Educators, an annual program that celebrates and connects exemplar teachers in Grades K–8 from around the country. Chosen from hundreds of nominations, Giannone and Milo are among 30 educators from 22 states selected for exhibiting best-in-class use of i-Ready®, i-Ready Classroom Mathematics, and/or Ready®, illustrating growth and achievement via formal assessments, demonstrating innovation and engagement practices for students, being evangelists for high expectations and student achievement, championing equity, and having taught for at least two years.

“Teachers are true rockstars,” said Emily McCann, vice president of educator community at Curriculum Associates. “This year’s Extraordinary Educators are no exception—they were chosen from hundreds of nominations and represent the best of the best. We are happy to recognize and celebrate Charles and Lendy for their amazing work in the classroom and look forward to providing them with ongoing professional learning and networking opportunities to help them continue to grow their craft.”

With nearly 340 years of combined teaching experience, this year’s class of Extraordinary Educators includes classroom teachers, special education teachers, and instructional specialists. All of the educators were ultimately selected by an advisory board featuring leaders from Curriculum Associates, previously inducted Extraordinary Educators, and a college student pursuing a degree in urban education.

The Extraordinary Educators will have continued access to a network of peers from around the country to collaborate, connect, and learn from throughout the year as well as access to professional learning opportunities from Curriculum Associates. They will also be invited to participate and present at the Extraordinary Educators Leadership Summit and other professional learning events.

“Being named an Extraordinary Educator is an excellent learning opportunity,” said Giannone. “This opportunity will allow me a larger network of fellow educators and experts who can help me continue to grow and improve in my craft.”

“Being an Extraordinary Educator means seeing my students thrive and grow, and that is exactly what i-Ready Mathematics is all about!” said Milo. “My students learn best when discussing their strategies through concrete examples while using robust math language. i-Ready facilitates this by providing them with engaging lessons based on mathematical discourse while My Path adapts to their individual strengths and areas of deficit. The data helps me provide individualized instruction to better meet their needs. The students are truly the extraordinary ones!”

This is the fourth year of the Extraordinary Educators program. This year’s class joins 110 additional educators from across the country in receiving this recognition. 

Today, Curriculum Associates’ programs are used in the majority of New York's school districts.

To learn about Curriculum Associates and the 2023 Extraordinary Educators, visit

About Curriculum Associates
Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company’s products and outstanding customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary for teaching diverse student populations and fostering learning for all students.



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