Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 30 November 2012 00:00
Maddalena Buffalino, a former Carle Place High School student and current social studies teacher at the school, was recently named the recipient of BOCES Most Innovative Educator Technology Award.
The award commends Buffalino, a Westbury resident, as a “teacher who demonstrates creative, resourceful uses of technology that significantly impacts student achievement,” according to BOCES.
“I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. The social studies teachers I had like Joan Caliendo and Jeananne Sullivan influenced and solidified my decision to become a social studies teacher,” said Buffalino, a Siena College grad who is currently working toward earning an administration degree at Stony Brook University.
The Carle Place area has a history of retaining its residents – as evidenced in the many generations of families living in the hamlet – and one could argue that the school district is a reason why some never leave.
“I loved growing up in Carle Place and it is a dream come true to work there. The students are enthusiastic, caring and dedicated. I love working with the kids outside of the classroom as a coach, key club advisor and class advisor. I hope to make a difference in and outside of the classroom in my students’ lives,” Buffalino explained.
The Podolski Awards, created in 2011, is an annual program that honors one teacher and one administrator each year. Educators nominate administrators who have taken a visionary role in the implementation of technology, demonstrated a commitment to serve the educational needs of students and provided support to teachers.
Buffalino, who described winning the award as a “great accomplishment” in her teaching career, has been teaching social studies at Carle Place High School since 2005 and currently teaches Advanced Placement world history, ELL American history and AIS for students in grades seven through 12.
In addition, Buffalino has acted as Key Club advisor, field hockey and lacrosse coach, class advisor, yearbook advisor and website designer for various school clubs.
She also facilitates professional development workshops for her colleagues, such as the faculty presentation on the importance of blogging, the Superintendent’s Day YouTube course, Superintendent’s Day grade-keeper course and staff development day technology course. She has been heralded for incorporating technology into her classroom and her district.
“Congratulations to Maddalena Buffalino in representing the Carle Place community,” said David Flatley, superintendent of schools. “We are proud to have her on our staff.”
For more information, contact Carle Place Public Schools at (516) 622-6440 or visit the web at www.cps.k12.ny.us.
Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00
For most of the ’80s, ZZ Top was an inescapable presence thanks to a plethora of videos, often times containing underdog storylines revolving around gorgeous gals, a 1933 Ford hotrod and the hirsute threesome serving as a Greek chorus of cool to the aggrieved protagonist. But amidst all the bells and whistles, the most impressive feat pulled off by this Texas power trio was using 1983’s Eliminator to adapt its bluesy hard rock boogie sound and modernize it with synthesizers and drum machines sans any kind of artistic compromising.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
John Romandetti saved six people, but he shies away from the title hero.
“I don’t think of myself as a hero,” Romandetti says. “It’s nothing anyone else wouldn’t have done.”
During Hurricane Sandy, Romandetti risked his own life to go out to Howard Beach and get his girlfriend’s family out of their flooding homes. The Bethpage Air Show recently recognized his bravery, naming him the grand prize winner of the Hurricane Sandy Community Heroes contest. Romandetti, along with nine other winners, will receive VIP tickets to the Bethpage Air Show, plus the reception, and GEICO Skytypers Planeside Meet and Greet. As the grand prize winner, Romandetti also gets the chance to fly with the GEICO Skytypers during next week’s airshow.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Westbury Okinawan Karate recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary of coming to the Westbury Recreation Center. Since then, the dojo has trained 250 students, ages six and up, in the art of karate with the style of traditional Okinawan ShorinRyu Shidokan.
Founded by sensei John Power, the classes seek to instill the confidence and strength needed to obtain success in everyday life.
“A lot of kids are lacking confidence,” said Power. “We let them practice leadership in the class and this contributes to their confidence.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
Members of the Carle Place Sparc/Interact club recently donated their time and talents at the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens. Working together with students from Mineola High School and Holy Cross High School in Queens, the SPARC members planted over 1,000 indigenous trees to help replenish one section of the 600-acre forest park. The group’s efforts were part of the NYC Plant a Million Trees Project in honor of Arbor Day, celebrated on Friday April 26th. The Carle Place planters were: Sarah Megiel, Kelsey Feit, Julia Powell, Sabrina Feit, Monique Slater, Matt Carr, Katie Megiel, Rob Ibos, and Lauren Powell. They are led by faculty advisor Kieran Morris.