Renee Danette Petrola


Title: Retired Sixth Grade Teacher

Company: Mount Sinai School District

Location: Miller Place, New York, United States

Renee Danette Petrola, Retired Sixth Grade Teacher of the Mount Sinai School District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Elementary Education.

Inspired by her mother Phyllis who was also an elementary school teacher, Ms. Petrola entered the profession of teaching in 1970 and retired in 2013, giving 43 years to the sixth graders of the Mount Sinai School District. She attributes her success to her passion as well as her listening and observational skills, and is particularly proud of guiding students in the Walt Whitman Poetry Contest, where her students placesd first two years in a row. She was chosen to accompany the principal of her school to the District of Columbia to receive a Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education for exemplary performance, and the teachers of the school had a brick installed in the Walt Whitman Walkway. In her retirement, Ms. Petrola is now focused on writing and publishing more of her books, including the third volume of “The Healing Tree”, which was released in 2015 from Book Stand Publishing.

An alumna of Bethany College, Ms. Petrola earned a BA in elementary education in 1970 and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Stony Brook University in 1975. As a teacher in Mount Sinai, she was a noted conflict mediator, counselor, and swimming instructor. Ms. Petrola pioneered an outdoor learning laboratory with three other teachers for fifth graders to study the impact of humankind on the environment. She also gave her time as a beach cleanup volunteer, ran the Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society, and also volunteered with the ASPCA and Greenpeace. She is a member of the Mount Sinai Teachers Association, the National Education Association, and the American Federation of Teachers.

Ms. Petrola has been named a 2010 Professional of the Year in Education, and received a Certificate of Recognition from Elite American Educators. She is known for her poetry, which is also collected in “Primitive Dancer” and “Woman on the Edge of Time.” In her free time, Ms. Petrola enjoys designing jewelry, writing, swimming, kayaking, spending time at the beach, riding her bike, running, and rescuing Irish Setters, many of which she has adopted over the years. She was selected as a Marquis Who’s Who Industry Expert, and is the recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award and the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as a featured listee of Who’s Who of American Women.

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