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Harvard Club Commends Herricks Teacher

Herricks School District teacher Karen Hughes was recently honored with the Distinguished Teacher Award from the Harvard Club of Long Island.

 

Hughes, who is currently president of the Herricks Association of Administrators and Supervisors, was one of 14 Long Island teachers to receive the award at the Harvard Club of Long Island’s recent University Relations Luncheon.

 

Hughes was nominated by Benjamin Pleat, a former student of Hughes and current freshman at Harvard College.

 

“It meant even more to be nominated by one of the finest students I ever- taught,” Hughes said. “I don’t think you go into education expecting to receive accolades or awards for your work.”

 

Hughes began her career as a student teacher at Herricks High School before teaching at West Hempstead High School for three years after graduation. She returned in 1991 to Herricks High School, where she teaches Advanced Placement chemistry. She has served as chairperson of the Herricks High School Science Department since 2005.

 

Hughes holds a bachelor of science degree from LeMoyne College, a master’s degree in science education from Adelphi University, and a school district administrator certificate from Stony Brook University.

 

“Teaching a perfect class every period, every day is unattainable but if any mortal human could come close it would be Karen Hughes,” said Dr. John Bierwirth, Superintendent of Schools. “She challenges and inspires students. She makes them think. She excites them to learn more not only in her own classes but in all classes and for the rest of their lives.”

 

Pleat described Hughes as “an extraordinary influence.”

 

“Ms. Hughes may have been the best teacher I have ever had in the classroom, but not just because of her unique ability to intertwine amazing life stories,” Pleat wrote in a letter. “For me, it was her ability to inspire a newfound love of science in each of her first-period class members. Personally, I will always be grateful to Ms. Hughes for the invaluable lessons she taught in AP Chemistry, or as the entire class re-named it, AP Chemistry And Other Life Lessons.”

 

Past winners of the Distinguished Teacher Awards from Herricks include Mr. John McManus (2010) and Ms. Renee Barcia (2009).

 

“Our awards recognize teachers who spend unfathomable amounts of time and energy on our Long Island teens, year after year,” explained Dr. Judith Esterquest, Harvard Club of Long Island treasurer and chair of the Distinguished Teacher Selection Committee.

“Dedicated teachers like Ms. Hughes inspire students to dream, to work to accomplish those dreams, and to think rigorously about what they want their future to be.”


News

The Sewanhaka Central High School District selected Brentwood-based Park East Construction as its bond construction management firm last week. The group will oversee the $86.6 million in improvements coming to the district. Park East will analyze school architect Wiedersum Associates’ plans before applying for New York State Education Department approval.

 

“They are going to make sure the [firms that win district contracts] do the work right,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said. “They’re going to make sure [the engineer’s] drawings are right before they are sent up to New York State. [Park East] reports directly to the architect and the Board of Education to make sure what we say we’re going to do is done well.”

The Sept. 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education covered a range of issues, from the district’s overall performance to the sudden death of a student to fiscal and personnel issues—even to the loss of maple trees. 

 

National Ranking 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth announced that the district’s high school had achieved an impressive level of distinction in a recent national survey that measured scholastic achievement; in fact, a great deal of Long Island made the cut, he said.


Sports

Seniors Daniella Ford and Margie Londono highlight a Sewanhaka Indians girls soccer team vying for its second straight winning season. 

 

Ford, who is in her fourth season as starting goalie for the Indians, netted a season-high 24 saves in a 3-1 loss to Valley Stream Central. 

 

“She’s a stud back there,” said Sewanhaka third-year coach Eric Premisler, whose team is 0-3 as of press time, after going 8-3-1 last season. “If we can stop a team from taking five shots because of good defense, Daniella is going to stop another 15 shots. And we’re going to have a chance to win every game.”

The Sewanhaka Indians continue to let their presence be felt in Nassau Conference II. 

 

The Indians played their second game as members of the conference on Saturday, Sept. 21, against the Long Beach Marines, topping the south shore squad 51-30. 

 

On the opening drive, the Indians relied on running back Brenton Mighty’s legs to get them into the red zone. On first and goal from the 15-yard line, quarterback Elijah Tracey hit

Michael Parasconda on a screen pass for the first score. 


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