Senator Andrew J. Lanza (Staten Island) today honored more than 30 outstanding teachers at an awards ceremony celebrating ‘2007 Teacher Appreciation Week’ in Staten Island to highlight the educational contributions to their schools and communities.
"Our teachers deserve special recognition for the role they play in educating and preparing our children for the future," said Senator Lanza, who is a member of the Senate’s Education Committee. "This is my special way of saying thank you and honoring all of the teachers in our community."
Each school in the 24th Senate District was invited to participate in this program. Principals were encouraged to nominate one outstanding teacher from their school and submit that name to Senator Lanza’s office to represent the school and be recognized at an awards ceremony in their honor to celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week.
The ceremony honoring the teachers took place today, Friday May 18th, from 4:00- 6:00pm at the Mount Loretto Community College, 6541 Hylan Blvd in Staten Island. Senator Lanza presented each teacher with an individual flower and a special Senate Certificate of Merit in recognition of their outstanding service as a teacher.
Teacher Appreciation Week was established in 1985 when the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) agreed to observe the first full week in May in dedication to our Nation’s teachers.
The teachers being recognized include:
Debra Camputaro - Second Grade - P.S. 5 Huguenot School
Raymond Cottrell - Science - I.S. 24 Myrna S. Byrnes
Marie Cusack - Second Grade - Our Lady Queen of Peace
Jacqueline Finegan - Art & Computers - Saint Ann’s School
Rosanna Forlano - Religion & Foreign Language - Saint Peter’s High School for Boys
Eileen Ganci - Math & Computers - Our Lady Star of the Sea
Master Sargeant Peter Jackson - Air Force Jr. ROTC Program - The Michael J. Petrides School
Laura Kessler - Social Studies - P.S. 54 Charles W. Leng School
Lisa Krulfeifer -Collaborative Team Teacher- P.S. 29 Bardwell School
Laura Kump - Third Grade - P.S. 58 S. S. Columbia School
James Laieta - Writing - P.S. 52 John C. Thompson School
Donna Lore - Fourth Grade - P.S. 48 William G. Wilcox School
Paula Marchi - Three Year Old PreK - Saint Charles School
Arlene McDermott - First Grade - The Jewish Foundation School
Fred Melendez - Science - Tottenville High School
Brenda Ness - Language Arts - Intermediate School 7
Angela Palmeri - Literacy & English Language - IS 61 William A. Morris School
Kathy Parrella - English - Susan Wagner High School
Carol Principe - First Grade - Saint Christopher School
Linda Quintavalle - Communications Arts - IS 75 Frank D. Paulo
Lauren Rampulla - Kindergarten - P.S. 36
Lamiaa Refaey - Math - Miraj Islamic School
Patricia Rumolo - Media - Shirley Soloman School
Grace Ryan - Math & Science - Saint Rita School
Barbara Savorito - Second Grade - PS 3 Margaret Gioiosa School
Kathy Scozzare -Collaborative Team Teacher- P.S. 29 Bardwell School
Margaret Smith - Kindergarten - PS 1 Tottenville School
Mary Ann Sonnergren - PS 60 Alice Austen School
Kelly Speiser - Social Studies - Saint John’s Lutheran School
Stephanie Stingo - Kindergarten - PS 11 Thomas Dongan School
Muriel Timari - Special Education - PS 26 Carteret School
Elaine Vitiello - Math - The Francis School
Patricia Ward - Special Education - PS 37