Nassau BOCES Education Partner Awards Program

  • Photos of 16 award winners

    This spring, Nassau BOCES will honor 15 individuals and one organization that have had a profound effect on public education in Nassau County. The Nassau BOCES Education Partner Awards program pays tribute to outstanding educational leaders, organizations, school administrators, school board members, staff, students, teachers, Nassau BOCES employees and other champions of education. During its 14-year history, the award program has honored nearly 150 education partners. 

    Following are the 2020 Education Partner Awards honorees, by category:

    EDUCATION PARTNERS
     Paul Defendini, Superintendent, Farmingdale UFSD 
     Dr. Joseph Famularo, Superintendent, Bellmore UFSD
     Arnold Goldstein, Mentor, Educational Leadership Institute; Board Member, Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation 
     Dr. Dominick Palma, Superintendent, Merrick UFSD 
     Efthymia Rafaelides, Supervisor of Guidance, K-12, Hicksville UFSD 
     Dr. Eustace Thompson, Professor, Hofstra University School of Education

    NASSAU BOCES EMPLOYEES
     Christopher Korolczuk, Principal, Nassau BOCES Center for Community Adjustment
     Patrick A. Silvestri, Assistant Principal, Nassau BOCES Adult Education, ESL (English as a Second Language) & HSE (High School Equivalency) programs
     James Widmer, Associate Superintendent for Business Services, Nassau BOCES

    ORGANIZATION
     Long Island Children’s Museum, Suzanne LeBlanc, President

    SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS
     Keith Gamache, President, Board of Education, East Rockaway UFSD
     Vilma Lancaster, Vice President, Board of Education, Freeport UFSD
     Eric B. Schultz, Immediate Past President/Current Trustee, Nassau BOCES

    STUDENT
     Kassidy Rieder, Theatre Student, Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts, Lindenhurst UFSD

    TEACHERS
     Daniel M. Christoffel, Retired Art Educator, Bellmore-Merrick CHSD; Professor of Fine Arts, Long Island University
     Andrea Mortillaro, Special Education Teacher, Wisdom Lane Middle School, Levittown UFSD
     

     
      Date:   Tuesday, June 16  
     
      Time:   6 p.m.  
     
      Place:   Crest Hollow Country Club  
             
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    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. 

    "Each year, it is our distinct honor to recognize and congratulate our Education Partner awardees," said Nassau BOCES Board President Susan Bergtraum, on behalf of the agency. "We are impressed with the quality of the honorees selected for the 2020 awards. They share our commitment to create the safest and best educational environments where all students can thrive. As always, we are grateful for your support of our students and programs."

    This year's honorees will receive their awards at a special gala hosted by the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.