The Mid-Hudson School Study Council Announces 2012 Award Winners

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The Mid-Hudson School Study Council is proud to announce the winners for this year’s Educational Leadership Award. The nominated candidates must demonstrate superior educational leadership and accomplishments in their educational environments. These individuals have shown an advanced sense of creativity in meeting the needs of their students. In addition to their accomplishments in the classroom, they have also contributed to the growth of their professional communities. These educators are among the best of the best in the mid-Hudson region.

The Council is also proud to announce that this year's Friend of the Council Award goes to Mr. John Donoghue. Mr. Donoghue, a long time school attorney in the mid-Hudson region and recently retired from the law firm, Donoghue, Thomas, Auslander & Drohan. Mr. Donoghue has played an integral part in the success of Council.

This year's Educational Leadership Award winners are, Dr. Dee Berlingoff, Mount Saint Mary College, Dr. Richard Hooley, Valley Central School District, and Dr. Thomas Meyer, SUNY@ New Paltz.

Dr. Berlingoff has been at Mount Saint Mary College for 12 years. She obtained her degrees at Penn State and Lehigh University. She is considered to be a leader of leaders in the area of special education in the Hudson Valley region. In addition to her papers, she is often asked to present at the state and national level.

Dr. Richard Hooley has been the superintendent in Valley Central for nine years. He has attended Columbia University, Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During his tenure he has demonstrated to be not only the administrative leader of the district but also the instructional leader of the district. He is often characterized as one who thinks outside the box.

Dr. Thomas Meyer has been at New Paltz for the past 13 years. He attended Stanford University and the University of Michigan. He is primarily responsible for the Hudson Valley Writing Project. This project has benefited numerous teachers and students throughout the region. His passion and leadership in the area of creative writing is truly one of our region's greatest assets.

Our honorees will be recognized at the Mid-Hudson School Study Council’s annual dinner to be held on April 25 on the campus of Mount Saint Mary in Hudson Hall. The event will begin at 6 PM with a social hour sponsored by J.J. Stanis Company, ECG Engineering, LLC, Pupil Benefits Plan, Inc, and School Aid Specialists.

In addition to granting the awards the keynote speaker for the evening is Mr. Henry “Hank” Grishman, New York State Superintendent of the Year. His topic will be Celebrating the Success of Public Education. Mr. Grishman is the superintendent of schools in the Jericho Public Schools located on Long Island.

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