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Nassau BOCES Principal named Power Woman for 2021

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Michele Cohen, Principal of the Nassau BOCES Adult Education Program, was recently named a 2021 Power Woman of Long Island by Schneps Media. “Ms. Cohen is passionate about her role as an educational leader,” Schneps wrote on their website, “and has worked tirelessly to promote a better quality of life for individuals and families on Long Island.”

“The Power Woman award honors those fearless females who make Long Island the thriving and vibrant place it is to work, live and do business,” according to Schneps. “When women support women, amazing things happen.”

“I’m humbled and honored,” Ms. Cohen said of the achievement. “This wouldn’t have been possible without my team. It is an acknowledgment of all the hard work we do on a daily basis, and an indicator that it’s working; the community is seeing the impact we are making. I’ve always wanted to help people, and it’s incredibly rewarding to know that what we have accomplished is helping to improve people’s lives.”

The agency’s Adult Education programs serve more than 3,000 students annually, providing career training, developing employability skills, and creating job opportunities with the agency’s industry partners. The Adult Education Career & Technical Education program, Career & Employment Center, Adult Learning Center, and Parent Child Plus also come under Ms. Cohen’s responsibilities. During the seven years she has been at Nassau BOCES, Ms. Cohen has helped to forge partnerships with local industry, build the program’s workforce development initiatives, and make connections between the classroom and the real world.

Ms. Cohen began her educational career teaching special education and mathematics in the New York City School system. From there, she advanced into a number of administrative positions including assistant principal, achievement coach and deputy network leader. In 2014, she arrived at Nassau BOCES, appointed  Assistant Principal of the Nassau BOCES Adult Education program, and in 2017 was appointed Principal of Adult Education.  She has been helping lead adult education students to success ever since.

“The region’s demographics and economy have changed dramatically, which changes the way we educate,” Ms. Cohen said of the important work her program does. “We want Nassau BOCES to be the leader in Long Island workforce development, yet our programs are so diverse that an entire family can benefit from them. That is why we’re always trying to improve what we do, unifying our programs until they work seamlessly together, and creating new pathways for our students.

Ms. Cohen holds a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University, a master’s degree in secondary education from Mercy College, a master’s degree in school administration from the Teachers College at Columbia University, and advanced certification in school district leadership from Baruch College at the City University of New York. She also holds a number of certifications as a New York State educator including special education and mathematics teacher, school district leader, and school building leader.


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