Chris Stein 2023 FASNY Teacher of the Year


May 22, 2023

CDES Principal Named 

2023 FASNY Teacher of the Year

Cairo, NY – The Cairo-Durham Central School District is elated to announce Cairo-Durham Elementary School Principal Christopher Stein was named the 2023 Firefighters Association of the State of New York’s (FASNY) Teacher of the Year on May 19.

Stein, CDES Principal since 2018, has emphasized the importance of fire safety and prevention by prioritizing lessons, drills and trainings with local first responders.

“Mr. Stein has gone above and beyond for the students of Cairo-Durham Elementary School when it comes to fire safety and prevention,” said Superintendent Michael Wetherbee. “Due in part to Mr. Stein’s efforts to elevate the importance of response and attentiveness in crisis situations, K-5 students at Cairo-Durham Elementary School are able to efficiently respond to the active situation in a safe and responsible manner.”

In a formal press release for FASNY, the association’s president Edward Tase Jr. commended Stein’s ability to educate young minds on the significance of fire safety.

“We are very proud to present the FASNY Teacher of the Year award to Principal Christopher Stein,” said Tase Jr. “Mr. Stein has shown a deep personal dedication to the cause of spreading fire prevention information to the children in his school and their families. Even in the face of a worldwide pandemic, Mr. Stein and his team made sure that their students continued to receive important fire prevention information monthly – including homework assignments! Our state’s 80,000 volunteer firefighters salute Principal Christopher Stein as our Teacher of the Year.”