Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
Educator Mary Bondarin, a Great Neck resident for almost 30 years, died recently in Los Angeles. Mary lived in Great Neck, on Allenwood Road, from 1963 to 1992.
A dedicated advocate and resource for early childhood education and child development for over 50 years, Mary served as teacher, administrator, staff developer and professor. She was a sought-after workshop presenter and inspiring keynote speaker. An active participant on state and national boards, Mary always lent her strong voice and vision for quality educational services for young children and families across New York State and on national forums and agendas.
Mary’s career began as a second grade teacher in Garden City. At its inception, she was a Project Head Start regional training officer, supervising four counties. She served on the faculties of N.Y.U., Hofstra University and S.U.N.Y. College at Old Westbury. Creator and director of the Early Childhood Center in Freeport for 15 years, Mary was promoted in 1986 to Bureau Chief of Child Development and Parent Education for the New York State Education Dept. in Albany.
Mary was married to Avrum Bondarin for 46 years, until his passing in 1999. Her daughter Lisa, son-in-law Jon, and three grandchildren survive her.