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Nassau BOCES teacher lauded as Educator of the Year

randi o'moore recognized as teacher of the year  
Barry Tech Work Experience Teacher-Coordinator Randi O’Moore (center) is congratulated on being named Educator of the Year by (left to right) Ed Gazzillo and Stephen Mercaldo of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association.

Randi O’Moore, a work experience teacher-coordinator at the Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Education Center (Barry Tech), was recognized by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA) as its 2014 Educator of the Year. She was selected for the award from hundreds of educators across the region.
In her six years as a teacher-coordinator for 20 career programs (including automotive technology), O’Moore has placed hundreds of students in career fields annually, by establishing them in shadow days, internships and paid work experiences. She has helped her students to gain industry employment, guiding them through the interview process and following up with them repeatedly after they have been placed, to smooth the process and to track their performance. Her work with industry partners is invaluable, both to her students and to the local business community.
“Randi O’Moore is a dedicated educator who believes that one person can make a difference in the life of a young person,” said her mentor, GNYADA Education and Training Consultant Stephen Mercaldo, at the official awards ceremony. “Many of her graduates can trace their successful careers to her guidance and encouragement. Randi has been instrumental in building a bridge between business and education, with the goal of preparing high school students for industry careers. Her dedication and passion for excellence is making a difference!”
Barry Tech is dedicated to connecting its students to career-related work experiences for credit. Many opportunities exist for students to reinforce classroom learning through different types of experiential programs. All programs are approved and follow the guidelines established by the New York State Education Department and Department of Labor, and are supervised by a certified work experience teacher-coordinator.