2007 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree
Vincent J. La Sala
Executive Administrator retired, Nassau BOCES
Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Vincent J. La Sala attended public schools in New York City. He went on to study at St. John’s University where he received a full scholarship and met his wife, Carol. The two married in 1956 and moved to the suburbs in 1961.
After completion of his master’s degree, La Sala began his education career as a secondary school teacher. Soon after, he became a guidance counselor, and then joined Nassau BOCES as an administrator, a position he held for 19 years.
In 1969, La Sala won a seat on the Herricks School Board. He was a member from 1969 – 1984; he served as president from 1974-1980. In 1978, then Governor Cuomo appointed him to the New York State Job Training Council where he shared his expertise in the creation of job training and career development programs.
A child advocate and lifelong teacher, La Sala is credited with investing countless hours ensuring that students receive the training and guidance they need to pursue academic and vocational endeavors. His efforts on behalf of public education include planning and participating in numerous community events and causes, such as PTAs, school plays, school human relations forums, and local civic and fundraising activities. Known for his good humor and gregarious nature, he has earned a reputation as a compassionate individual dedicated to developing the "whole child" and respecting each student's uniqueness.
Retired now, La Sala remains “totally immersed” in education, having recently served as president of the Williston Park Village Library Board.
Whether reading about his students’ accomplishments in local newspapers, or hearing from citizens in his community about their grandchildren’s success stories while he served on the Herrick’s board, La Sala is adamant about a quality education. That’s true even for his grandchildren, he says. “School comes first, no ifs, ands or buts... from my fourth grade grandson to my granddaughter who is graduating in June with her masters from New York University.”
Over the years, La Sala has credited Nassau BOCES with the best in public education. “Thank you Nassau BOCES for helping me to help so many others,” he says.