Honoring Vivian Rodgers-Hill upon the occasion of her retirement after 26 distinguished years as an educator

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Vivian Rodgers-Hill upon the occasion of
her retirement after 26 distinguished years as an educator

WHEREAS, It is the practice of this Legislative Body to take note of and
publicly acknowledge individuals of remarkable integrity and character
whose endeavors have enhanced the quality of education in this great
State; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Vivian Rodg-
ers-Hill upon the occasion of her retirement after 26 distinguished
years as an educator; her long-term commitment to the children of New
York City will be celebrated at a retirement party on Tuesday, June 25,
2013, at the Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, New York; and
WHEREAS, The daughter of Charles Rodgers and Joan Guthrie, Vivian
Rodgers-Hill was born and raised in Queens, New York; she attended York
College, City University of New York, where she earned a Bachelor of
Science in Community Health; she went on to earn a Master of Science in
Educational Technology from New York Institute of Technology at Old
Westbury, and, in addition, holds a Professional Certificate for Admin-
istration and Supervision from Baruch College, City University of New
York; and
WHEREAS, Vivian Rodgers-Hill began her illustrious career in education
as a Health Resource coordinator for the Department of Health, where she
worked with at risk middle school students to educate them on developing
positive health behaviors; her work took her to the Brooklyn neighbor-
hoods of Brownsville, Bushwick, Canarsie and East New York, all high-
risk areas for teenage pregnancy, sexual diseases and poor health
habits; and
WHEREAS, Her life-long passion for youth development and empowerment,
as well as her knowledge of the needs of her community, led her to
accept a classroom teaching position at JHS 263; in addition to teach-
ing, Vivian Rodgers-Hill worked on a School based Leadership team and
helped create mini schools for over 1500 students; and
WHEREAS, In 1990, Vivian Rodgers-Hill accepted a teaching position at
I.S. 59 where she held many positions: Dean, Coordinator of Student
Activities, Administrative Assistant, Assistant Principal and Interim
Acting Principal; and
WHEREAS, In 2001, Vivian Rodgers-Hill transitioned into a position as
an Assistant Principal at Renaissance Middle School 192, where, led by
her strong conviction that all children can learn, she worked with
faculty and staff to create innovative programs that helped children to
reach their fullest potential; and
WHEREAS, Vivian Rodgers-Hill has continually demonstrated an impres-
sive dedication, an unparalleled devotion and an unremitting enthusiasm
for the quality of the educational programs and opportunities offered at
Renaissance Middle School 192 for the benefit of its faculty and
students, as well as for the entire community; and
WHEREAS, Outside of the classroom, for five years Vivian Rodgers-Hill
worked as a CSA (Council of Administrators and Supervisors) represen-
tative for District 29 administrators of Empowerment schools; in addi-
tion, she worked closely with others to create the CSA Black Caucus; and
WHEREAS, Vivian Rodgers-Hill has been called upon to contribute her
time and talents to countless civic and charitable endeavors and has
always given of herself unstintingly; and
WHEREAS, She sits on several boards including: Worlds Arts Film
Festival, DreamBig Theater Company, Eastern Region Women's Conference
Advisory Board and St. Albans Montessori Academy of Learning; she is a
member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Queens Alumnae Chapter, and

is the co-chair of the International Committee and member of the Educa-
tion Committee; and
WHEREAS, With her throughout have been her husband, Arthur B. Hill
Jr., and their son, Drew Timberlake Hill, both of whom feel privileged
to be a part of her life and rejoice in her achievements; and
WHEREAS, In completing her service as an educator, administrator, and
advocate, Vivian Rodgers-Hill leaves behind more than mere bricks and
mortar; she leaves behind a legacy for all who attend New York City
public schools, and to future generations of students; now, therefore,
be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Vivian Rodgers-Hill upon the occasion of her retirement, and for
her significant contributions to education in New York State; and be it
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Vivian Rodgers-Hill.


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