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Nassau BOCES presents the 2019 Education Partner Award honorees

Nassau BOCES Education Partner Awards logo

This spring, Nassau BOCES will honor 12 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 community and business leaders, civil servants, government officials, nonprofit executives and volunteers, organizations, school administrators and staff, students, teachers and Nassau BOCES employees.

This year's honorees will receive their awards at the 13th Annual Education Partner Awards Gala on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. The gala is sponsored by the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation, an independent, community-based organization devoted to enhancing educational opportunities for students who take part in Nassau BOCES schools, services or programs. The Foundation supports initiatives that are beyond the scope of the agency's budget.

During the past 13 years, more than 120 individuals have been honored with the Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award, which 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 the award to pay tribute to those who share its commitment to enabling students of all ages and abilities to achieve their maximum potential.

"It gives us great pleasure to congratulate our 2019 Education Partner honorees," Nassau BOCES Board President Eric Schultz said on behalf of the agency. "They are all extraordinary, sharing our commitment to creating safe and caring educational environments where all students can achieve their greatest potential. We are grateful for your support of our students and programs."

Following are the 2019 Education Partner Awards honorees, by category:

 Dr. Carl Bonuso, Retired Superintendent, Hicksville UFSD
 Dr. Shari L. Camhi, Superintendent, Baldwin UFSD
 Susan Ellinghaus, Principal, Meadowbrook Alternative Program, Bellmore-Merrick CHSD
 Joshua A. Lafazan, Nassau County Legislator, District 18
Lauren Pearson, RN, Manager, Workforce Readiness, Northwell Health
Dr. Michael Nagler, Superintendent, Mineola UFSD
Dr. Ronald Smith, Psychologist, Nassau County Psychologist Association and Retired Superintendent
Dr. Ranier W. Melucci, Retired Superintendent, Merrick UFSD

Jervey D. Edwards, Principal, Nassau BOCES Career Preparatory High School
Barbara Golemme, Nassau BOCES Internal Auditor
Maureen Mullé, Nassau BOCES Certification Specialist

Long Island Arts Council at Freeport, Laurence Dresner, Executive Director

Lindsay DeLucca, Business Teacher/DECA Advisor, Plainview-Old Bethpage High School, Plainview-Old Bethpage CSD

This year's honorees will receive their awards at a special gala hosted by the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.