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Rising Scientist Award Winner

Amy Shteyman, a senior at North High School, is a recipient of a 2017 Rising Scientist Award, presented by the Child Mind Institute and the Advanced Science Research Center at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Harold Koplewicz, president of the Child Mind Institute, said, "Our selection committee was highly impressed by Amy's achievement in science courses, commitment to addressing advanced scientific questions, and leadership in the classroom and in extracurricular activities." Jessica Schust, North High science department head, said, "The Rising Scientist competition was looking for students who were motivated to research topics in neuroscience, who were self-motivated, interested, and had contributed to the field. Amy met these criteria. She is an amazing young woman, who, since freshman year, has been passionately researching topics in neuroscience. She worked at Yale University last summer, where she discovered a novel component of a neural network involved in smiling, and returned to Yale this summer to continue to expand her research. In addition to her high-powered academics, she is a kind, generous, and funny young woman who is a joy to be around. I was so pleased that she received this well-deserved honor." Students were nominated by their school and then selected by the Institute through an open submission process that involved reviewing student research papers, presentations, and articles that featured each nominee's accomplishments in science and research, as well as their academic and extracurricular activities. As a Rising Scientist, Amy will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship for educational expenses (e.g., college tuition, school supplies, or books). The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders.


LI Scholar-Artist Award Recipient

Isabel Yang, a senior at North High School, is a recipient of a Long Island Scholar-Artist Award of Merit. She was named one of twenty students to receive this outstanding honor.
Dr. John Gallagher, an official of the Scholar-Artist Award, said of Isabel, "We recognize that you are dedicated to your art and are a very valuable asset to your school district. We commend you for your hard work, excellent scholarship, and accomplishments." "We are exceedingly proud of Isabel not only for receiving this award, but also for being selected for the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State Conference, for the second year in a row," said Joseph Rutkowski, North High instrumental music director. At last year's All-State Conference, Isabel played the violin in the Symphony Orchestra. This fall, she will perform in the String Orchestra.


School District Welcomes New Faculty

New Faculty

At the orientation held prior to the opening of the Great Neck Public Schools, new faculty were welcomed by Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz and Board Trustees Donna Peirez, Rebecca Sassouni, and Jeffrey Shi; Superintendent Dr. Teresa Prendergast; Assistant Superintendents Dr. Joseph Hickey, Dr. Stephen Lando, Kelly Newman, and John Powell; Great Neck Teachers Association (GNTA) President James Daszenski; Association of Supervisors and Administrators (SAGES) President Sharon Applebaum; and other administrators.

New Administrators - Three new principals have joined the Great Neck Public Schools. They are Daniel Holtzman at North High School, Dr. Christopher Gitz at South High School, and Emily Zucal at Lakeville School. Neepa Redito is the new assistant principal at Lakeville. More about these new administrators will appear in future publications.

Elementary Teachers - New elementary teachers are listed below, by school, with their subject areas in parentheses. Newly hired teachers at E.M. Baker School include: Alyson Bonura (special education), Bryan Dombrowski (grade 5), and Meaghan Zuniga (special education). Rebecca Schapira (grade 5) is a new teacher at J.F. Kennedy School. Lakeville welcomes Meagan Baker (special education) and Debra Conboy (reading). Michelle Friedman (prekindergarten) and Francesca Hanson (special education) are new teachers at Parkville School. New teachers at Saddle Rock School are: Renee Remi (special education) and Ariel Rothbaum (reading).

Secondary Teachers - New secondary teachers follow, by school, with their subject areas in parentheses. New teachers are North High are: Barbara Arnold (science), Melissa Baldassarri (special education), Jordan Barbach (science), Samantha Barratt (art), Samantha Bindrim (mathematics), Susan Chung (study skills), William Corrao (English), Jason Fiermonte (science), Linda Haase (art), Eileen Madigan (English), Lauren Maksym (social studies), Thomas McDonald (social studies), and Rachel Rahr (study skills). New teachers at North Middle School: Katie Carmody (mathematics), Paul Derych (TV studio), Crystal DiMarco (English, also at South Middle School), Kandisse Kis (Language Other Than English), Eugina Mazzolla (special education), and Tayla Plotke (social studies). New teachers at South High are: Daniel Chiu (mathematics), Christie Merrick (special education), and Francis Miata (mathematics). New teachers at South Middle include Samantha Kramer (special education) and Dawney Pang (family & consumer science). Lisa Holz (social studies) is a new teacher at SEAL, an alternative high school.