Filipino-American teacher Eleuterio Timbol wins top teaching award in New York

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Filipino-American teacher Dr. Eleuterio “Ely” Timbol, Jr. pose for a photograph on April 17, 2022 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo: Elli F Teembol/Facebook)
Filipino-American teacher Dr. Eleuterio “Ely” Timbol, Jr. pose for a photograph on April 17, 2022 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo: Elli F Teembol/Facebook)

Filipino-American educator Dr. Eleuterio “Ely” Timbol, Jr., a 24-year teaching veteran, has won a top teaching award in New York.

Timbol, who teaches in District 28, New York City, was one of 54 New York State public school teachers given the Governor’s Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award in June.

They were singled out for "inspiring thousands of children across our great state," and for "selflessly showing up for our kids." The winners were given a $5,000 stipend, to be used to develop their professional knowledge and skills.

Dedicating the award to his late mother and brother, Timbol told The FilAm, “I feel this award will make them happy in heaven." He added, "My family way back home in the Philippines is full of excitement upon hearing this recognition. I have two sisters and seven brothers and I can hear the sounds of loud excitement when they heard the news."

It's the latest accolade for Timbol, who was given Americas’ Finest Teacher Award by the Association of Filipino Teachers in America in 2015. He was also named Saint Michael’s Outstanding Alumnus the following year.

Born in Romblon and raised in Laguna province, the math teacher started his career as a high school teacher in Laguna. He became Math Department Coordinator from 1998- 2003 before moving to New York.

Timbol was educated at Platero Elementary School and Saint Michael’s College of Laguna, where he majored in Mathematics. He later attained a PhD in Educational Management from Cavite State University.

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