• Twenty-three Nassau County Educators Receive NASTECH NASTAR Awards

    Nassau BOCES and the Nassau Association of School Technologists (NASTECH) held its fourth annual Nassau Association of School Technologists Award Recipient (NASTAR) awards ceremony recently at the Nassau BOCES Brookville Outdoor and Environmental Education Center.  

    The NASTAR awards were created by NASTECH to honor individuals for their innovation, leadership and support of technology initiatives in their school districts. Each recipient is selected by their district based on this criterion. This year, a total of 23 Nassau County educators were acknowledged for their achievements in a ceremony led by Data Privacy and Security Service Supervisor Laura Pollak and Program Specialist Barbara Deal.  

    “Barbara (Deal) and I feel so fortunate to have the privilege of recognizing the educators who work tirelessly to promote technology programs in our Nassau County districts,” said Laura Pollack, Nassau BOCES Data Privacy and Security Service Supervisor. “The NASTAR awards event highlights how brightly these educators shine, and we look forward to honoring even more NASTARs next year.” 

    The 2022 NASTECH NASTAR award recipients are: 

    Jack Bixhorn, Oyster Bay-East Norwich CSD 
    Stacey Bowden, Plainview-Old Bethpage CSD 
    Mary Brower, Diocese of Rockville Centre 
    Margeaux Calemmo, Garden City UFSD 
    Edward Courtney, Long Beach City SD 
    Samantha Gallagher, Great Neck UFSD 
    Heather Graham, Valley Stream 30 UFSD 
    Harold Gutierrez, Evergreen Charter School 
    Casey Hauptman, Freeport UFSD 
    Kathleen Jay, Syosset CSD 
    Wayne Jensen, East Williston UFSD 
    Sylvia Kallich, Uniondale UFSD 
    Amy Leo, Jericho UFSD 
    Dr. Paul Lynch, Lynbrook UFSD 
    Peter Niceforo, Manhasset UFSD 
    Darlene O’Hearon, East Meadow UFSD 
    Frank Seier, East Rockaway UFSD 
    Maria Sidor, Locust Valley CSD 
    Andrea Swicord, Bethpage UFSD 
    Christine Talbot, North Merrick UFSD 
    Giselle Taylor, Glen Cove CSD 
    Robin Wilensky, North Shore Hebrew Academy 
    Dena Zornberg, New Hyde Park-Garden City Park UFSD 

    Additionally, a special retirement tribute was given by Garden City UFSD and Nassau BOCES to Dr. Rita Melikian for her dedicated years of service, and certificates of appreciation were awarded to NASTECH Executive Committee Members, presenters, NASTECH Mentors and NASTECH “Rookies.” After the ceremony, award recipients had the opportunity to experience some of the activities at the Brookville Outdoor and Environmental Education Center led by Nassau BOCES Naturalists.