Beloved 7th Grade Teacher Honored with Excellence in History Education Award!


Seventh Grade teacher Henry Frischknecht was chosen by the Dutchess County Historical Society to receive the Eileen Mylod Hayden Excellence in History Education Award this month, naming him Educator of the Year.

This is a HUGE honor! 

The award is given to a teacher in a Middle or High School who “effectively impart[s] a love of history on[to] their students” within a recognized school within the Dutchess County region. 

Mr. Frischknecht is BMS 7th grade team leader, JV soccer coach, Peer Leadership club advisor, and the creator of the MadagascarConnect program.

“Henry is the hardest working teacher I know,” said Matt Grande, 8th grade Social Studies teacher.  

Mr. Grande explained that Mr. Frischknecht makes sure his students fully understand the piece of history that he is teaching while making it fun and engaging.

“He is a great collaborator and colleague, teammate and coach, father and friend. He makes everyone around him better at their job,” said Mr. Grande. 

RCSD Superintendent Albert Cousins noted the warmth that spreads to all around Mr. Frischknecht in his classroom and beyond, calling him “an ambassador for kindness, service, and problem solving.” 

Mr. Frischknecht was also praised for his leadership in the first school-observed Juneteenth in the 2020-2021 school year.  

“Mr. Frischknecht is a talented educator who is distinguished by his commitment to the community,”said Mr. Cousins.

Congratulations, Mr. Frischknecht!