2019 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree
Business Teacher/DECA Advisor JFK Plainview-Old Bethpage High School
Plainview-Old Bethpage CSD
Having studied at George Washington University and interned in marketing and sales for NBC, Lindsay DeLucca brings a wealth of knowledge to the business department of her alma mater, John F. Kennedy (JFK) High School in Plainview. For the past 12 years, she has taught everything from marketing and business law to career and financial management. In that time she has worked with her fellow educators to expand the JFK business program, as well as the school’s chapter of DECA, an international career and technical education student organization.
Through her role as teacher and advisor, Ms. DeLucca has integrated countless community service projects and major charity events into her curriculum. She works with her students to plan, organize and implement these events, which have raised $100,000 in funds and donations for both local and national charities.
Past events have included Coaches vs. Cancer, Paws for a Cause, Dress for Success, and the Strike for Celiac Bowling Fundraiser. Charities helped include Ronald McDonald House, The American Cancer Society, Stacy’s Warriors, Little Shelter and Long Island Cares. One event that is close to the Plainview-Old Bethpage school community is the Slam for Secko basketball tournament for the Michael Secko Memorial Scholarship, founded in honor of former business educator Michael Secko.
Fifth Grade Financial Literacy Day is the product of the partnership Ms. DeLucca developed between the JFK DECA chapter and Junior Achievement, an international student organization devoted to encouraging work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. In preparation for Financial Literacy Day, high school students train to teach a full-day curriculum to the district’s fifth graders.
Ms. DeLucca also helped established a partnership between JFK and the W!SE Foundation for Financial Literacy and has integrated the Financial Literacy Certification Test into the career and financial management curriculum. Outside of the school district, she serves as a board member for New York State DECA, where she helps to organize regional and state competitions.
“Lindsay DeLucca has made an important impact on public education,” wrote her award nominator. “She is dedicated to this district and her tireless work has made a tremendous difference in the lives of her students.”