2020 Education Partner Award Honorees

  • On April 21, 2021, the Foundation will host a special gala to pay tribute to the 2020 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award honorees:


     Paul Defendini, Superintendent, Farmingdale UFSD 
     Dr. Joseph Famularo, Superintendent, Bellmore UFSD
     Arnold Goldstein, Mentor, Educational Leadership Institute; Board Member, Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation 
     Dr. Dominick Palma, Superintendent, Merrick UFSD 
     Efthymia Rafaelides, Supervisor of Guidance, K-12, Hicksville UFSD 
     Dr. Eustace Thompson, Professor, Hofstra University School of Education


     Dr. Christopher Korolczuk, Principal, Nassau BOCES Center for Community Adjustment
     Patrick A. Silvestri, Assistant Principal, Nassau BOCES Adult Education, ESL (English as a Second Language) & HSE (High School Equivalency) programs
     James Widmer, Associate Superintendent for Business Services, Nassau BOCES


     Long Island Children’s Museum, Suzanne LeBlanc, President


     Keith Gamache, President, Board of Education, East Rockaway UFSD
     Vilma Lancaster, Vice President, Board of Education, Freeport UFSD
     Eric B. Schultz, Immediate Past President/Current Trustee, Nassau BOCES


     Kassidy Rieder, Theatre Student, Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts, Lindenhurst UFSD


     Daniel M. Christoffel, Retired Art Educator, Bellmore-Merrick CHSD; Professor of Fine Arts, Long Island University
     Andrea Mortillaro, Special Education Teacher, Wisdom Lane Middle School, Levittown UFSD

    The Education Partner Award recognizes those who have made a substantial impact on public education in Nassau County. A strategic education partner with local school districts since 1967, Nassau BOCES created this program to pay tribute to those who share its commitment to enabling students of all ages and abilities to achieve their maximum potential. 

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