At the July 12, 2023 WSWHE BOCES Board of Education meeting, Board President John Rieger was presented with a Spotlight Award for his years of services to WSWHE BOCES as he concludes his role as board president. Rieger will continue to serve the organization as a board member. District Superintendent Turina Parker says, “John consistently encourages innovation and welcomes new ideas. His dedication to the students of the region is unparalleled.”
John Rieger was one of the youngest elected school board members in New York State. Rieger served on the Schuylerville Central School District Board of Education from 1963 until 1984. He was elected to the Saratoga-Warren BOCES Board of Education in 1984. He remained on the board which merged with the Hamilton, Essex and Washington BOCES to become WSWHE BOCES in 1993. Rieger received the New York State School Boards Association’s (NYSSBA) top award for school board service, the Everett R. Dyer Award for Distinguished School Board Service, in 2018.
WSWHE BOCES is grateful for John Rieger's leadership and contribution to the organization and to the community.
Shazima Gillani received Honorable Mention Recognition by the NY Association for Continuing and Community Education as a 2023 NYS Educator of the Year for her work in our High School Equivalency Program serving our adult community in the WSWHE region. Shazima has been one of our dedicated instructors for the past nine years and demonstrates a keen awareness of her students through the relational trust that she works to establish with each learner and focuses her support to provide the learning environment that will enable each student to thrive within. She understands the ways that personal, home, employment and family needs can impact the learning process and works to support her students in developing skills across all domains.
Maribeth Macica and Dawn Neville - Public Information Team
At the December 14, 2022 WSWHE BOCES Board of Education meeting, Maribeth Macica and Dawn Neville were each awarded a Staff Spotlight Award.
Maribeth Macica is a senior public information specialist at WSWHE BOCES. WSWHE BOCES Senior Executive Officer Anthony Muller said, “through Maribeth’s leadership over the years we have made tremendous progress in our branding and marketing efforts. Maribeth has been instrumental in the new look for all of our divisions. Starting with our BOCES logo, and then each of the divisions and programs, Maribeth’s vision for our BOCES has transformed the look of our organization.”
When Dawn Neville, public information specialist, joined the team, she hit the ground running and very quickly began partnering with Maribeth to promote WSWHE BOCES programs and services. Dawn’s skills and expertise complement and add to our communications efforts.
Muller said, “both Maribeth and Dawn professionally tell our BOCES story through videos, signs, posters, social media posts, photos, and a whole host of other media. Our BOCES image would not be as known throughout the region without the work that they have done, and continue to do on a regular basis.”
Most recently, WSWHE BOCES won three awards for the 2022 New York School Public Relations Association Contest. The entries were judged by public relations professionals from around the country. Two Awards of Excellence were given for a Women in Trades Poster and for the Women in Trades: Empower Your Future! Video, and an Award of Honor for our video Addressing the CTE Salary Aid Cap.
WSWHE BOCES thanks Maribeth and Dawn for all they do for the organization.
It is with gratitude that we recognize these amazing individuals for their dedication, quick response and continued service to WSWHE BOCES. If it wasn’t for their immediate reaction, the ending of the story could have been much different. They made a positive difference in the life of this particular student and for that we say Thank You. To show our appreciation and acknowledge their efforts they presented with the WSWHE BOCES Spotlight Award.
Lori Coffin works as an ELA teacher in TSP. Terisa Clothier is a teaching assistant in the ELA classroom in TSP. Rose Drumm is a teaching assistant in the TSP social studies classroom.
At the October 13, 2021 WSWHE BOCES Board of Education meeting, Dennis Flynn, Michelle Maddalla and Tony Muller were each awarded a Staff Spotlight Award.
Dennis Flynn, CTE Instructor
In his role as Logistics Coordinator for the Washington County Fair, Dennis’ contributions to the Washington County Fair have certainly been exemplary. From arranging for the vehicles to be prepared ahead of time, to arranging for transport and setup, to running point during the fair, if something needed to be done, Dennis was always there to take care of things, with a smile. It's clear that Dennis sees the value in what we do for our students and for our region. His passion for CTE and for the trades is clear and evident. Dennis is a great partner, an excellent representative for our organization, and he has provided countless opportunities for students and teachers to showcase their trades at the Fair. Our Concessionaires award represents the work that he has done and the contributions he has made as a partner and a leader in the important work of our BOCES. This award is a small thank you and recognition of his efforts.
Michelle Maddalla, Principal for Innovative Programs
Michelle Madalla has done a phenomenal job of serving as coordinator of the Washington County Fair for the past several years. Her enthusiasm led her to encourage teacher participation, her planning skills and eye for details led to the development of innovative ideas and activities, and her contagious energy led to what has become an outstanding representation of our BOCES and the work that we do in our region. The receipt of the 2019 and 2021 Outstanding Concessionaire’s Award was in large part due to Michelle’s dedication to ensuring a high quality event. We are truly thankful for Michelle’s unwavering commitment and willingness to go above and beyond, and to meet any challenges with positivity and creative problem solving. When we embarked on this amazing idea to host a Women in Trades luncheon at the fair this year, it was wildly successful, in no small part due to Michelle’s leadership and partnership.
Tony Muller, Deputy District Superintendent
Sometimes it's all in the details. It's the leadership, the communication, the advocacy, the positive energy, and the ability to bring people together, that makes all the difference. Our work at the Washington County Fair, and our continued implementation of various initiatives that Tony has led, like testing, have enabled us to continue to provide a high level of seamless service for our students, and for our region. Tony’s leadership is unparalleled, and his dedication and commitment to the BOCES is appreciated and valued.
Chef Matt Young
Chef Matt Young was presented with the Staff Spotlight Award at the WSWHE BOCES Board of Education meeting on October 9, 2019. Chef Young played an instrumental part in the food service planning, purchasing and execution of the Adirondack School Board Association dinner in September 2019 at the Ballard Road Conference Center. His willingness to lead and organize this collaborative catering event which engaged the culinary teams from both the Myers Center and the Southern Adirondack Education Center, was exemplary and provided valuable real world experience for all of the students involved. Beginning in August, he made himself available on multiple occasions to meet with administration and plan the events menu and service. In addition, Chef Young provided guidance on how to properly outfit the new facility with equipment designed to handle future catering events. Chef Matt's "can do" attitude, quality of instruction and finished product is a credit to himself, the CTE division and our organization as a whole.
Executive Chef Celeste David
A Staff Spotlight Award was presented was presented to Executive Chef Celeste David at the WSWHE BOCES Board of Education meeting on September 11, 2019. Chef David demonstrated a high level of commitment, dedication and creativity as she worked hard to contribute to the Washington County Fair for the past two summers. Immediately upon joining the BOCES team last year, she came up with a menu that she thought would work well within our parameters at the fair. She also worked with Culinary Arts students who volunteered to prepare food for the fair and to be part of the demonstrations. She even trained students to help with the prep work.
At the 2018 Washington County Fair Chef David gave two demonstrations of how to make homemade hummus and served it with a mezze platter. Those samples were prepared and packaged back at the F. Donald Myers Education Center and distributed at the fair during the demos. In 2019 she and her students demonstrated how to make grilled cheese with bacon onion jam and homemade potato chips on two different days at the fair. She also created the CTE Cupcake Challenge, a cupcake baking/decorating competition for kids ages 7-12.