2015 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree

Amy Goldstein

Amy Goldstein

Nassau BOCES Children's Readiness Center

For more than 20 years, Amy Goldstein has served Nassau BOCES as an outstanding and selfless educational leader. Having begun her career as an Assistant Principal at the Nassau BOCES Ames School (now the Jerusalem Avenue Elementary School), Ms. Goldstein's exceptional leadership abilities brought her to the helm of the Elementary School Program, as Principal. Soon after, she was appointed Principal of the Children's Readiness Center (CRC), where she has served admirably for more than 15 years.

The CRC serves both pre-school and elementary students in a state-of-the-art early education setting for children with disabilities. Running the school is a daunting responsibility, yet Ms. Goldstein does it with aplomb. She is devoted to her staff's professional development and works closely with them to foster innovative programs for the center's highly individualized instructional programs. She also assists in the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation grant application process and ensures that grant projects are effectively implemented in her school.

Ms. Goldstein offers herself as a resource to parents and makes a special effort to be there for them whenever they need her. She lends encouragement and guidance to help families navigate the sometimes challenging special education system while their children are at CRC. Even after a student completes the CRC program, Ms. Goldstein continues to help them and their families, offering continuing support and assistance.

An award-winning educator, Ms. Goldstein was named Nassau County Person of the Year for 2011 by the Long Island Association of Special Education Administrators. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Nassau BOCES Administrators Association.

"Amy Goldstein is an innovative and creative educator who is committed to following proven best practices," wrote her award nominator. "She is devoted to her students; their success is her number one priority. Her commitment to creating better lives for persons with disabilities is an inspiration to the field of special education."