2018 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree
Levittown Board of Education
Forty-year veteran educator Peggy Marenghi began her career as a classroom teacher, devoting 20 years to the enlightenment and personal growth of her students. From the classroom she moved into educational leadership, first as assistant principal, then as principal. Now, she leads her beloved school district as President of the Levittown Board of Education.
In her leadership role, Ms. Marenghi has staunchly supported several projects that contribute to the development of students’ educational, social and emotional growth. Chief among these is the Outdoor Learning Center, which provides students throughout the district, at all grade levels, with hands-on learning experiences. At the Center, students explore the concept of sustainable living, learn about the importance of greenhouses, and get practical science lessons.
Ms. Marenghi adamantly believes in character education, and in this regard, she leads by example. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she organized several fundraisers and encouraged students to get involved in as many ways as they could. She explained to students that in times of need, it is our duty to stand up and give of ourselves to help others. To model this precept, she volunteered her time to help with relief efforts in Louisiana, demonstrating to her students what it means to put others first.
Outside of her duties in the Levittown UFSD, Ms. Marenghi also serves as the Treasurer of Reform Educational Financing Inequities Today (R.E.F.I.T.), a member of the Executive Board of the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA), and a teacher in the Educational Leadership Program. In 2013, the Council of Administrators and Supervisors named her Administrator of the Year. She has volunteered her time to the American Red Cross, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Games for the Physically Challenged, and as a softball coach.
“I believe in educating the whole child,” Ms. Marenghi said. “I think the most important thing that we can do for the children of today is to help them develop a vision based on citizenship and a sense of self worth. If our students truly feel good about themselves, then they are going to succeed in whatever they choose to do.”