2019 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree
Dr. Shari L. Camhi
During her tenure as superintendent, Dr. Shari Camhi has led the Baldwin school district to a number of groundbreaking educational advancements. Under her leadership, the graduation rate has risen to 97 percent and is the highest in New York State for young men of color. Baldwin is among only 40 districts nationwide to have been invited to join the International Center for Leadership In Education’s “Innovation and Training Leadership Network.”
She expanded the district’s academic academy, the only one of its kind in the entire state. Her innovative classroom design initiative, based on the workspace designs of leading-edge companies like Google, has been featured on CBS, ABC, Fox5 and in The Hechinger Report, a nationally renowned news organization noted for its in-depth education reporting.
Dr. Camhi has helped to facilitate partnerships with Long Island business leaders, providing students with realworld work experiences. She also negotiated a partnership with Simon Youth Foundation to establish internships, scholarships and professional certification for non-traditional students.
Through her efforts, Baldwin students enjoy unique college opportunities while still in high school. She established a program in which students can earn college credit through classes at Suffolk County Community College and spearheaded a collaborative program with Molloy College, in which students in grades 9-12 earn credit toward a teaching degree. Once they’ve earned their degree, these students may complete their preservice teaching assignments in Baldwin, giving them a direct line to a teaching position in the district.
Dr. Camhi is a member of the national governing board of the School Superintendents Association and theadvisory board of the Center for Digital Education. She serves on the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on College and Career Readiness. She is an active participant in the Long Island Consortium for Excellence and Equity, and the chairperson of the WLIW Educational Telecommunications Service Committee. Dr. Camhi has presented at a number of national and local conferences, most recently at the New York State Council of School Superintendents Fall Leadership Summit.
“Dr. Shari Camhi is dedicated to creating an educational system that is rigorous, relevant and geared to all learners,” wrote her award nominator. “She is deeply involved in the education of all students and works tirelessly to help them succeed.”