2024 Education Partner Award Honorees

  • This spring, Nassau BOCES will honor 11 individuals and three organizations that have had a profound effect on public education in Nassau County. The Nassau BOCES Education Partner Awards program pays tribute to outstanding educational leaders, organizations, school administrators, school board members, staff, students, teachers, Nassau BOCES employees and other champions of education. During its 17-year history, the award program has honored more than 200 education partners.

    Following are the 2024 Education Partner Award honorees, by category:

    EDUCATION PARTNERS
    Robert L. Connolly, Lieutenant/Commanding Officer, Homeland Security, Nassau County Police Department
    Vera Feuer, Assistant Vice President, School of Mental Health, Northwell Health
    Jerry Nobile, Student Support/Admissions/Educator, Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts 
    Michelle Pineda-Rodgers, Director of Bilingual Education and World Languages, Hempstead UFSD
    Stephanie Ralton, School Counselor, H. B. Mattlin Middle School, Plainview-Old Bethpage CSD
    Dr. Danielle N. Williams, Director of Alternative Programs, Valley Stream CHSD

    NASSAU BOCES EMPLOYEES
    Laura V. Bagdziunas, Teacher, Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts
    Dawn Haskell-Carbone, Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired/Curriculum Coordinator, Nassau BOCES Vision Services 

    ORGANIZATIONS
    The Museum of American Armor, (Gary Lewi, Vice President) 
     Herstory Writers Network, (Erika Duncan, Founder and Executive Director)
    For the Love of Pete’s Pantry, (Elizabeth Escobar and Claudia Brunie, Co-Founders)

    STUDENTS
     Alexia Vitsos, Student, Twilight Program, Bellmore-Merrick CHSD
    Tiffany Wong, Student, Elmont Memorial High School, Sewanhaka CHSD  

    TEACHER
    The late Gina R. Pellettiere, Wind Ensemble and Marching Band Director, Farmingdale High School; Lead Teacher Music, Farmingdale UFSD

    This year’s honorees will be recognized on Tuesday, May 7, at the 2024 Education Partner Awards Gala, hosted by the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation. The Foundation is an independent, community-based organization devoted to enhancing educational opportunities for students who take part in Nassau BOCES schools, services or programs. It supports initiatives that are beyond the scope of the agency's budget.

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  • Tuesday, May 7, 2024
    6 p.m. International Buffet Dinner
    8 p.m. Dessert/Award Presentations

    Location:
    Crest Hollow Country Club
    8325 Jericho Turnpike
    Woodbury, NY 11797

    Contact:
    Phone: 516-355-1706
    Email: nbefgala@gmail.com