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Specialized Schools Principal honored as Nassau BOCES Education Partner

Board members present Judith Hynes with award trophy

Judith A. Hynes, Principal of Specialized Schools for Nassau BOCES, receives her award trophy from Nassau BOCES Board trustee Ronald Ellerbe and Vice President Susan Bergtraum.

Judith A. Hynes, Principal of Specialized Schools for Nassau BOCES, was one of 14 honorees to be presented with the Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award in March.

A strategic education partner with school districts since 1967, Nassau BOCES created the awards program to recognize those who share its mission of ensuring a successful, challenging, caring and safe environment that enables students of all ages and abilities to achieve their maximum potential. These outstanding individuals and organizations have made strides in accomplishing key educational goals embraced by Nassau BOCES, such as ensuring student success.

In the spring of 2008, Judith Hynes took the helm of the Nassau BOCES Teenage Parenting Program (TAP) and immediately immersed herself in the monumental task of transitioning TAP to its new home. She was instrumental in ensuring that the new physical space for the program was safe and appropriate for the students of TAP and their newborn babies. Ms. Hynes remained committed to this task. She worked persistently and passionately to provide a sound academic program to the teen parents entrusted to her care, and to provide a safe, healthy, nurturing environment for her students’ infants and toddlers.

After moving into a Central Office position, Ms. Hynes was given the task of overseeing the Alternative Education programs in the Department of Regional Schools and Instructional Programs. Two of those programs include the Regional Summer School and the Twilight Alternative High Schools. In that role, Ms. Hynes has grown the summer program to over 25,000 student participants in Nassau County while improving the curriculum, and prioritized the role of program coordinators as instructional leaders, encouraging them at every opportunity to support instructional staff.

The success of Ms. Hynes’ leadership is indisputable; the proof is in the numbers. During her tenure as principal, the Summer School program has seen a significant increase in the passing rates of several of the common core exams. Ms. Hynes has found that by engaging master teachers to assist in improving instruction and by constantly looking to improve teacher performance, there have been notable increases in the scores of the 28 districts involved in the program.

In addition to her role as principal, Ms. Hynes serves as Co-Chairperson for the Education Committee of the Juvenile Detention Initiative, which requires a masterful combination of collaboration and leadership. As co-chair, she meets regularly with the Commissioner of Nassau County Probation, the police department, assistant district attorneys, and the leaders of community organizations.

“Judith Hynes’ persistence, determination and vision have made a profound impact on tens of thousands of young people throughout Nassau County,” wrote her award nominator. “She has opened doors for many individuals for whom doors seemed to be prematurely closing. She is dedicated to improving the learning environment for students and teachers alike, and her reach as a leader is remarkable.”

For additional information about the Nassau BOCES Education Partner awards, including profiles of prior year honorees, please visit