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Introducing the 2016 Nassau BOCES Education Partners

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.