2018

Distinguished Educator

Elaine Barbati

Elaine lived in the Town of Hamburg all my life.  After graduating from that “other” high school in Hamburg, on Bay View Road, she attended Daemen College, which was Rosary Hill at the time, to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in education and math.  Following graduation, it was on to Canisius College for a master’s degree in Guidance Counseling. Her teaching career started with substitute teaching positions in various school districts. A long term position opened up in 1977 shortly after the blizzard at Hamburg’s junior high school.  Elaine spent the next twenty years there teaching Algebra. In the fall of 1997, she moved to the high school with the freshman class and stayed there until retirement in 2006. She continued to substitute for six more years while acting as coordinator of the Advanced Placement Program. She then served as a proctor for the exams.  “It was the best job I could have hoped for in a wonderful, supportive community. My favorite experiences were seeing so many people at games, concerts, performances, and special events. My career has truly been a great blessing. Many thanks to all”.