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BOCES Names CP Teacher ‘Most Innovative Educator’

CP alum Maddalena Buffalino an ideal role model for students

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