Recognizing Excellence Among the Faculty

Five tenure recipients with certificates
Five faculty members have demonstrated that they are among the best in their fields and contributing to the success of the district’s students at a level that is consistent with Locust Valley’s high standards. These distinguished teachers were granted tenure and recognized at a reception hosted by the Board of Education on Oct. 10.

The challenges that these five professionals overcame became when they decided to apply to teach in the district. They first had to be chosen for an interview and then had to make an impression that landed them the job. Having secured a spot as a member of the district’s esteemed faculty, these individuals then had to prove that they did indeed deserve to serve as role models, mentors and teachers to the community’s children.

Being granted tenure is proof that they excelled during the past three years, helping their students to reach educational milestones and to achieve at high levels. They have instilled confidence in these children and gained the respect of their peers and administrators.

For their dedication and excellence, the following faculty members were honored: Brittany Fassari, Bayville Primary School Special Education Teacher; Marie Fonzo, Bayville Elementary School Teacher; Devon Gallagher, Ann MacArthur Primary School Librarian; Doreen Kobus, Middle School/High School Home and Careers Teacher; and Wendy Mendoza, High School Mathematics Teacher.

Board of Education President Brian T. Nolan and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund welcomed the honorees and their guests, praising and thanking them for being exceptional educators. Administrators from each building spoke about the newly tenured teachers with pride.

“We are grateful to have such outstanding individuals on our faculty,” said Dr. Hunderfund. “It is my honor and privilege to recognize each of them for the exceptional impact that each has had on our children and our district.”

Congratulations to all of the tenure recipients!