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Glen Cover to Receive Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award

Zefy Christopoulos Joins 12 Others Honored for Aiding Education What do you get when you bring together a group of outstanding educators, administrators, board members, community and business leaders, nonprofit organization executives and volunteers? You get the most influential people for public education in Nassau County, an honor bestowed upon 13 individuals by Nassau BOCES through its Education Partner awards program.

Among the guests to be honored by BOCES is Glen Cove’s Zefy Christopoulos. To attend the Nassau BOCES gala celebration honoring the 13 Partner In Education Award recipients, call (631) 239-6326.

Christopoulos said, “To be named a recipient of the Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award fills me with pride and gratitude. I am particularly honored to be among such distinguished individuals who share this honor.  Boosting local education has always been a cornerstone of my community service. When we strive to improve the quality of our children’s learning we are charting the course for our community’s future. Some say this award is akin to the Oscar. Well, we do direct our energy to produce the best results. We always act in the best interest of students so they will have the best picture of how to live meaningful lives after graduation. I would like to thank Legislator Diane Yatauro for nominating me, and for encouraging me. Thank you to my family for enduring many a cold dinner. And I thank the Glen Cove community for giving me the opportunity to serve our children. Thank you all!”

 Christopoulos was the editor of the Record Pilot for 10 years. During that time she received an award from the NY Press Association in recognition of her coverage on all things pertaining to education in our community. Over a span of seven years, Christopoulos served as press secretary to two Glen Cove mayors and is currently the minority press secretary to the Nassau County Legislature. Christopoulos has served as a member of the Holy Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church Parish Council for almost 20 years. She lives in Glen Cove with her husband Peter. They raised two children, Sofia (GCHS Class of 2009) and the late Andreas (GCHS Class of 2001).

Education’s answer to the Oscars, the Nassau BOCES Education Partner award recognizes those whose impact on public education in Nassau County can be measured in a very tangible way. A strategic education partner with local school districts since 1967, Nassau BOCES created this program to pay tribute to those who share its commitment to providing the best possible education for learners of all ages and abilities.

“Response to our Education Partner awards program continues to be extraordinary,” said Dr. Robert J. Hanna, Nassau BOCES deputy superintendent. “Through this innovative program, everyone who has ever been influenced by public education has an opportunity to show appreciation by nominating outstanding candidates for the award.”

More than 85 nominations for the 2010 award were received. “One of the nicest things about this program is that — just like Nassau BOCES — it is open to people from all walks of life, and we are proud that our honorees reflect this diversity,” said Hanna.

The full honoree list is:

* Patrick Boyle, executive director, Gateway Youth Outreach Inc.

* Dr. Herb R. Brown, superintendent, Oceanside UFSD

* Bruce Castellano, creator and director, Increase the Peace

* Zefy Christopoulos, press secretary, Nassau County Legislature

* Cheryl Davidson, executive director, Long Island Works Coalition

* Gerard W. Dempsey Jr., superintendent, Plainview-Old Bethpage CSD

* Donna J. Donahue, secretary, Fine and Performing Arts Department, Island Trees UFSD

* Lisa A. Gatti, founder and executive director, Pal-O-Mine Equestrian Inc.

* Jean Kelly, executive director, The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network)

* Paula R. Lein, principal, Archer Street School, Freeport UFSD

* Linda M. Lopez, Ph.D., psychologist, Nassau BOCES

* Kathleen Sottile, principal, Floral Park Memorial High School, Sewanhaka CHSD

* Daniel Yuengling, volunteer, Plainedge UFSD

Honorees will receive their Education Partner awards at a special event in their honor on Thursday, May 6.

Established in 1967, the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County (Nassau BOCES) is a public agency that partners with the county’s 56 local school districts to create, develop, and implement programs and services that would otherwise be too costly for individual school districts. As a result, county residents enjoy all the benefits of locally controlled schools while reaping the financial savings of a large cooperative.

Nassau BOCES offers more than 130 cost-effective, shared programs and services, including career training for high-school students and adults, special education, alternative schools, technology education and teacher training, as well as dozens of programs to expand educational opportunities and to help districts operate more efficiently.