Elwood BOE Recognizes Outstanding Staff Members

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At its business meeting on Sept. 28, 2017 the Elwood Union Free School District Board of Education recognized several outstanding staff members for their dedication to the students of the district.

Bari Shapiro was commended for being awarded a Books for Children Shelf from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Program. Out of 2,000 applications, only 45 educators throughout the country were honored with a Books for Children Shelf. By receiving this honor, Ms. Shapiro’s classroom will be the beneficiary of new leveled reading books in a variety of different genres.

“Our district has realized tremendous gains in literacy,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert. “These results are evidence of Ms. Shapiro’s hard work, as well as the dedication of the entire Harley Avenue staff!”

Also at the meeting, Eileen Kelly-Gorman, director of math, science and technology, and Krista Albrecht, instructional technology specialist, were honored by the board of education for receiving a Certificate of Recognition from the New York State School Boards Association’s “Be the Change for Kids Innovation Program.” Ms. Kelly-Gorman and Ms. Albrecht have been instrumental in introducting Elwood’s Family STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) nights to the district. Last year, more than 200 students throughout the district attended the Family STEAM Night, during which they participated in hands-on experiments and showcased their innovation.

“The Elwood staff continues to go above and beyond for district students,” said Board of Education President Julia Fried. “The amount of hard work they continue to show has brought positive changes to our district. Your dedication is appreciated!”


Harley Avenue teacher Bari Shapiro (second from left) is congratulated on her honor by Harley Avenue Principal Elissa Millan (far left), Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert (second from right) and Board of Education Vice President James Tomeo.

Eileen Kelly-Gorman (center) and Krista Albrecht (second from right) are honored by Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Maureen Hull (far left), Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert (second from left) and Board of Education trustee Heather Mammolito (far right).

 Photos courtesy of the Elwood Union Free School District

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