Written by Frank Bua Friday, 25 March 2011 00:00
Corinne Mond, a former long time resident and celebrated teacher for over 25 years in the Great Neck Public School system, started as a teacher of English at Great Neck North in 1977. A mentor to many of her students, her passion and humor gave them confidence and support. It was her compassion and ability to discover and nurture the individuality of each student that made her an unforgettable teacher. To Corinne Literature was simply a vehicle by which to explore the recurring themes of what it means to be human; every situation - regardless of how unconventional - granted a learning opportunity. Corinne’s appreciation of the craft of writing - she was a formidable writer herself - helped each student find and develop his or her own voice.
As a colleague, Corinne’s generosity was her hallmark. She had an uncanny way of delivering constructive criticism without the sting, and her insight into the craft of education made her the unofficial master teacher of Great Neck South Middle. With an open door and an open mind, Corinne was able to help teachers and students reach their ultimate potential and purpose.
Sadly, Corinne was diagnosed with the rare blood cancer multiple myeloma in 2006. She bravely carried on despite her illness, living life with great humor and an indelible spirit. Corinne passed away on March 11, 2011. A memorial in appreciation of her life will be open to the public and held at a date to be determined.