For playing such an important roll in our lives - and our children's lives - it's unfortunate that teachers can quite often be underpaid and under-appreciated.  If you have some fine teachers in your area, be sure to let them know how you feel.  There are plenty of great educators in the Capital Region, but where can the best be found?  A recent poll ranked all the school districts in New York, and after pairing it down, the survey revealed that 3 school districts in our area rank in the top 15 in all of upstate.

In a story published by Newyorkupstate.com, according to the latest Niche ranking, here are the top 40 school districts with the best teachers in Upstate New York.  Ranking factors are based on student and parent ratings of teachers, teacher salaries, data from the U.S. Department of Education and more.

Of the 40 'best' in upstate, here are the only 3 to make the list, and their position rank: