Hilton Central School Teachers Association

The Merton Williams Social Committee organized its annual basket raffle for charity.  Each department created its owned themed basket which was then auctioned off in a silent auction on December 22nd.  The auction raised $426 which is being donated to Dominic Cook's church in his name.

With over 49,000 views and nearly 1000 shares, Claire Drexler speaks right from the heart in her video.

"We need to listen to our kids. Even if they're not your kids, listen."

"We can't keep losing kids. We need to break the silence. We need to listen to our kids in good times and bad."

 Please help me video

Our association provided White Christmas tickets to two local veterans and their guests. They also enjoyed the reception before the show put on by Hilton High School Theatre. 


supported White Christmas

with this ad in the program.

Congratulations to Hilton High School Theatre on amazing performances of White Christmas. 

Artistic Director & Technical Director - Adam Klock

Music Director - Christine Blonsky

Choreographer - Robin Wunsch

Numerous members played intergral parts to achieve such a quality performance.

A reception was given before each presentation of White Christmas to honor our veterans. Adam Klock expressed his appreciation and members of the cast greeted them. Great job!



Congratulations is in order for an HCSTA member!  Stephanie Harney is a librarian at Quest who is creative and dedicated.  Stephanie is responsible for initiating and earning Quest semifinalist in this year’s Follett Challenge!  Stephanie’s hard work and persistence has earned an incredible award worth $30,000 that will benefit everyone at Quest.  The final winner of the Follett Challenge has yet to be announced.  HCSTA sends our best wishes to Stephanie.

Please refer to the below site for more info, if you touch play – the Quest School is named around 2:18 into the video.


Follett Challenge - Empowering Innovation


Follett is rewarding top-notch educators who are designing 21st century teaching and learning programs. $200k is up for grabs so take the Follett Challenge!


Congratulations to Chris Monfiletto, one of our HCSTA members for being the recipient of the prestigious Golden Apple Award!  This award celebrates great educators in our area.  Chris is a Social Studies teacher at Merton Williams that naturally connects with his students and has a great love for teaching.  Students are engaged in his classroom and drawn to his enthusiasm, making a major difference in kids’ lives.  We are so proud of such a deserving award is presented to one of our own -  Way to go Chris!!!

Watch the award presentation as shown on Channel 8 Newscast! 


High School Social Studies Teacher

Leah Oltean

Honored as HCSTA Teacher of the Year!

2015 - 2016


High School teacher Leah Oltean was selected by fellow union members as the HCSTA 2015-16 Teacher of the Year during the annual convocation ceremony September 3rd. Leah is honored for her dedication as a classroom teacher, drama club advisor and many contributions to HCSTA- including secretary for the past several years. Included with the TOY plaque is a sign that reserves a special parking space for Leah in the upper High School parking lot for the school year. 

Leah has been with the district since 2004. She has taught a wide variety of courses at the 11th and 12th grade levels in the High School Social Studies Department. In addition, Leah also devotes countless hours to both the annual musical and drama productions at the high school. Leah was joined by her husband, HHS science teacher Ben Giesselman and parents George and Donna Oltean during the ceremony.


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The HCSTA 2015 - 16 TOY finalists are Pam Brady, Northwood Elementary; Laurie Donavan, Village Elementary; Mary Elias, Quest Elementary; Michelle Farrell, Village Elementary; Patrick Krutchen, Quest Elementary; Laura Malta, Hilton High; Todd Scaccia and Steve Sorensen, Merton Williams Middle School; and Laurie Steele-Sperber, Northwood Elementary.  Congratulations to all! 


Village Elementary

Freezin for a Reason Charity Event