Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00
On Monday, March 21 Legislator Joseph Belesi honored Ellen Krammer of Massapequa as Nassau County’s “Trailblazer of the New Millennium” in honor of this year’s Women’s History Month. This is the ceremony’s 13th year, held at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building Chambers of the Nassau County Legislature in Mineola.
Krammer joined Farmingdale School over 40 years ago and has served as an elementary school teacher, a middle school math teacher, a teacher of alcohol prevention and a central office administrator.
Assistant Superintendent for Administration Barbara Horsley of the Farmingdale School District said, “For me, Ellen Krammer is the heart of the Farmingdale School District. She never says ‘no’ to a child or a family in need and is very creative in rallying the community around our students. She is indeed a trailblazer!”
Krammer became convinced of the primacy of the “personal” factor in success of the collaborative programs. She realized that programs that were built by a single person often collapsed when the person left. It became her mission to spread the base of collaboration while working in the school and community.
Her current collaborations include a long-term relationship with YES Community Counseling. She stretches limited resources to serve at risk kids and families. Other collaborations that she has participated in include the Long Island Works Coalition, Partnership for Change, Commerce Plaza, Frank Logan Foundation, Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary, and Farmingdale Project Cope. Krammer has always been the voice of those who do not have one in a struggle for equality. She is consistently dedicated to the goal.
On behalf of the Farmingdale Rotary, Stuart Sinclair said, “Ellen is a Rotarian; she truly epitomizes the Rotary motto of ‘service above self.’”
Krammer gives back to the community through good deeds. “I am proud to honor her as my Trailblazer for 2011 and I wish her continued success in her quest to spread the bases of collaboration while working in the school community,” said Legislator Belesi.
The Legislature’s “Trailblazer” awards highlight and recognize the extraordinary work of women throughout Nassau County.