Nassau BOCES Announces The 2019 Education Partner Award Honorees

This spring, Nassau BOCES will honor 12 people and one organization that have had a profound effect on public education in Nassau County. The Nassau BOCES Education Partner Awards program pays tribute to outstanding community and business leaders, civil servants, government officials, nonprofit executives and volunteers, organizations, school administrators and staff, students, teachers and employees.

During the past 13 years, more than 120 individuals have been honored with the Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award, which 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 the award to pay tribute to those who share its commitment to enabling students of all ages and abilities to achieve their maximum potential.

“It gives us great pleasure to congratulate our 2019 Education Partner honorees,” Nassau BOCES Board president Eric Schultz said on behalf of the agency. “They are all extraordinary, sharing our commitment to creating safe and caring educational environments where all students can achieve their greatest potential.”

This year’s honorees will receive their awards at the 13th annual Education Partner Awards Gala on Tuesday, April 9. The gala is sponsored by the Nassau BOCES Educational foundation, an independent, community-based organization devoted to enhancing educational opportunities for students who take part in Nassau BOCES schools, services or programs.

Education Partners

Dr. Carl Bonuso, Retired Superintendent; Dr. Shari L. Camhi, Superintendent, Baldwin UFSD; Susan Ellinghaus, Principal, Meadowbrook Alternative Program, Bellmore-Merrick CHSD; Joshua A. Lafazan, Nassau County Legislator, District 18; Lauren Pearson, RN, Manager, Workforce Readiness, Northwell Health; Dr. Michael Nagler, Superintendent, Mineola UFSD; Dr. Ronald Smith, Psychologist, Nassau County Psychologist Association and Retired Superintendent; Dr. Ranier W. Melucci, Interim Superintendent, Franklin Square UFSD

Nassau BOCES Employees

Jervey D. Edwards, Principal, Nassau BOCES Career Preparatory High School;
Barbara Golemme, Nassau BOCES Internal Auditor; Maureen Mulle, Nassau BOCES Certification Specialist


Long Island Arts Council at Freeport, Laurence Dresner, Executive Director


Lindsay DeLucca, Business Teacher/DECA Advisor, Plainview-Old Bethpage High School, Plainview-Old Bethpage CSD

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—Submitted by Nassau BOCES

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