The Long Island Council recently honored two Carle Place social studies teachers as outstanding teachers.

Angelo Cocchiola received this year’s Outstanding Middle School/Junior High School Social Studies Teacher award, while Mike Renga was recognized with an Outstanding High School Social Studies Teacher award.

Cocchiola has been a seventh-grade teacher in the district since 2007. He was touted by Leslie Rubenstein, chair of the district’s social studies and world languages department, as an integral member of the department.

Rubenstein said Cocchiola developed a protocol for project-based learning that capitalizes on the curiosity of his students by integrating technology into the lessons. He also implemented a learning approach where students are able to make real-world connections on the various topics covered in class.

“Angelo continuously demonstrates the significance of social studies through his instructional leadership and collaboration with teachers both in and out of the social studies department at Carle Place,” said Rubenstein. “His class serves as a model for the best of what social studies has to offer.”

Of Renga, who has taught social studies in the district since 2002, Rubenstein said, “He has consistently engendered a desire to engage his students in the meaningful study of history.”

Rubenstein noted that throughout Renga’s tenure in the district, he has helped students draw connections between classroom learning and the real world by integrating current material into all of his classes. He also spearheaded the district’s initiative to develop and implement Common Core lessons into high school social studies.

“Every year, Mike challenges himself to improve the instruction that he is providing to students,” said Rubenstein. “He is a consummate professional, truly dedicated to the subject of social studies and very deserving of this award.”