Written by Glen Cove Record-Pilot Editorial Staff Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove Council of PTAs will be holding its Annual Community Scholarship Fund Event at the Swan Club on Sunday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. The Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund was founded in 1958, and it annually administers funds in the form of scholarships to deserving Glen Cove High School seniors. All proceeds from this event will be donated to this fund. The event will feature a performance by the High School Jazz Band and a basket raffle. This year’s honorees are Nomi Rosen, Dr. Michael Israel, Rosemarie Sekelsky, Brittney Frank Rifkind, Suzanne Anderson and Mary Murphy.
This First Annual Diamond Club gives each PTA unit an opportunity to honor a member of their community. The honorees are chosen from the PTA units school’s administrators, faculty and staff, PTA members, parents and school volunteers; any individual who has brought a positive effect to the schools and to Glen Cove. This is the first year these fine individuals are inducted into the Diamond Club, where they will blaze a new trail of future Diamond Club candidates.
Nomi Rosen is the honoree from Deasy PTA, principal of Deasy Elementary School, past district coordinator of fine arts, and a graduate of The University of Berkeley and Bank Street College of Education. As the district coordinator of fine arts, she helped to launch the elementary strings program, a middle school keyboard lab, and the high school digital photography sequence. She also created an international exchange program with students from China, Russia, and Uganda. As principal at Deasy, she fosters creativity and critical thinking while working with her teachers, parents and students through bringing in new and varied programs and experiences.
Dr. Michael Israel is the honoree from Landing PTA, the assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and technology, past principal of Landing Elementary School. A graduate of SUNY at Stony Brook where he received his BA and MA, he received hisdoctorate in educational administration from NYU. Dr. Israel was Landing School principal from 1999-2012 when Landing Elementary School was awarded the distinguished “Blue Ribbon School” Award from the US Department of Education. In 2012, he was appointed to his current position assistant superintendent. Throughout his career, Dr. Israel has modeled and shared his educational philosophy with colleagues, parents, and his community. Dr. Israel resides in Glen Cove with his wife, Michele, and three children, Harrison (15), Sam (14), and Sarah (10).
Rosemarie Sekelsky is the honoree from Connolly PTA, principal of Connolly School and past business education chairperson. Sekelsky began her career as a business teacher at the high school and became the principal of Connolly School in 1993. Sekelsky is proud to have created an educational community that recognizes the unique talents and gifts of its diverse student population and nurtures the full potential that lies within each child who passes through the school’s doors. She is proud to share this honor with her husband, Wendell, and treasures her relationship with her mother, sisters and nieces and nephews.
Brittney Frank Rifkind is the honoree from Robert M. Finley Middle School PTA, the sixth- and seventh-grade band and general music teacher at Finley Middle School. Rifkind received her BA in music education from Hofstra University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in music education from the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College. Rifkind created the Instrumental NYSSMA Club, and was the assistant director for the middle school drama productions of School House Rock Live and Aladdin. In 2013, Rifkind led the seventh grade band to win the gold at the NYSSMA Major Organizations Festival. Rifkind is also the corresponding secretary for the Nassau Music Educators Association. She feels fortunate to have the constant love and support of her husband, Zachary Rifkind, and her parents, Mitchell and Melissa Frank.
Suzanne Anderson is the honoree from Glen Cove High School PTSA, past PTA president for GCHS and co-president for PTA Council. Anderson is a lifelong resident of Glen Cove and joined the PTA in 1992. She gives her time to many organizations such as: Jr. Soccer, Jr. Baseball/Softball, Jr. Football/Cheerleading, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Landing Pride Civic Association, St. Patrick’s Religious Ed., St. Rocco’s Feast, Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, MPAPA, and Booster Club; feeling forever grateful to her family for sacrificing their time. Anderson is honored to be chosen to represent the PTA knowing so many other volunteers also put in so much time and energy to the benefit of our youth.
Mary Murphy is the honoree from SEPTA, director of special education. Murphy began her career as a special education teacher at Glen Cove High School in 1979. She was appointed as the director of special education nine years later, making the leap with the hopes to enact a positive change for children and their families. Over the years, Murphy has supervised many teachers and she realizes what a great privilege it is to work with the district’s dedicated and talented special education department. They always put the needs of the children first and go above and beyond in their daily practice. Murphy lives in Glen Cove with her husband, Bill, and her two children, James and Jolee.
Tickets to the event and brunch are $68 per person; raffle books (six tickets) are available for purchase for $5 each; you need not be present to win a basket. Grand prize baskets will also be available at the event. Support through donations of items for baskets or an ad placed in event journal is welcome. For further information; please contact Antoinette Bellomo, 516-671-0650.