Thirteen Long Islanders honored for their outstanding contributions to education
This spring, Nassau BOCES will honor the people and organizations that have had a profound effect on public education in Nassau County. Celebrating its tenth year, the Nassau BOCES Education Partners Awards program honors outstanding community and business leaders, civil servants, nonprofit executives and volunteers, organizations, school board members, students, teachers and Nassau BOCES employees. During its 10 year history, the award program has honored over 100 education partners.
Following are the 2016 Education Partner Awards honorees, by category:
• David S. Feller, Superintendent, North Merrick UFSD
• Dr. John Gangemi, Founder, Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation
• Dr. Phyllis S. Harrington, Superintendent, Oceanside UFSD
• Charles Osgood, Host, CBS Sunday Morning News and The Osgood Files
• Catherine S. Pucciarelli, Chairperson, Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation
• Donna Raphael, Director of Youth Services and Community Relations, Family and Children's Association
• Eric Scott, Grounds Keeper, Hewlett-Woodmere UFSD
• Steven Skrynecki, Chief of Department, Nassau County Police Department
• Deborah Coates, District Clerk, Nassau BOCES
• Plaza Theatrical Productions, Inc., Kevin Harrington, President/Producer
• Amanda Aronoff, Senior, John F. Kennedy High School, Bellmore-Merrick CHSD
• April Francis, Lead Social Studies Teacher, Lawrence Road Middle School, Uniondale UFSD
• Casimir J. Rappa, Retired Instructor, Nassau BOCES Adult Education
The Education Partner Award recognizes those who have made a substantial impact on public education in Nassau County. A strategic education partner with local school districts since 1967, Nassau BOCES created this program to pay tribute to those who share its commitment to enabling students of all ages and abilities to achieve their maximum potential.
“The honorees come from all walks of life and reflect the diversity that is Nassau BOCES. Their work encourages the development of lifelong learners and global citizens, which mirrors our goals as well,” said Nassau BOCES Assistant to the District Superintendent Dr. Robert Hanna.
This year's honorees will receive their awards at a special gala hosted by the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.