Written by Massapequa Observer Staff, email@example.com Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
For inspiring excellence in students and teachers alike, Kevin Harrington, English language arts curriculum associate K-12 for Massapequa Public Schools, will receive the Educator of Excellence for Administration Award by the New York State English Council.
The honor will be presented at the 63rd Annual NYSEC Conference at the Desmond Conference Center in Albany Oct. 16 through 18.
Harrington was nominated by his colleagues who described him as a “kind, sensitive, and passionate” leader whose style “united the department by treating its members like professionals.”
“Staff development sessions became purposeful, teachers’ time was valued, and support was gratuitous,” one colleague stated. “An educator at his very core, Mr. Harrington still inspires the best from everyone.”
Reacting to the news, Harrington quickly pointed to the work of the teachers and the support of the district’s central administration and Board of Education.
“I am in awe and so grateful to the teachers who implement the instructional strategies on a daily basis. They are my heroes and the ones who deserve to be recognized with this award,” he said. “I am blessed to be part of an administrative team that puts such value on literacy instruction, and to work with a central office staff and Board of Education that supports professional development.”
Harrington began his position as English Language Arts Curriculum Associate K-12 with Massapequa Public Schools in July 2009. Under his leadership, new courses such as Monsters in Print and Film, Graphic Novels and Broadcast Journalism were introduced; mastery of the English Regents rose and the number of students taking AP and college-level classes increased. He also revamped the summer reading program and introduced performance-based assessments in lieu of traditional final exams. Harrington said he sets clear and high expectations for all students through the use of modeling, guided instruction, exemplars, checklists, and rubrics; and enhances teaching and learning through the use of technology and alignment of curriculum to the Common Core Learning Standards.
Prior to working in Massapequa, Harrington served for 11 years as an English Language Arts Supervisor in the Baldwin Public Schools and taught in the Glen Cove City Schools for 13 years. He has additional experience conducting professional development workshops to educators and reviewing textbooks and other educational products. He also served as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Communication Arts of Molloy College and directed college musicals. In fact, Harrington has directed more than 300 musicals throughout his career, including those at Massapequa Schools, which, in recent years, have included “Into the Woods,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Hello Dolly!” In addition to school productions, he has directed musicals in venues around the New York area, including the Lincoln Center Out-of-Door Festival and The NYCB Bank Theatre at Westbury.
An East Rockaway resident, Harrington holds a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Molloy College, a master’s degree in Educational Theatre from New York University and a professional diploma in Educational Leadership and Administration from Long Island University. He is a member of the New York State English Council, Nassau Reading Council, National Council of Teachers of English and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and has presented professional development workshops for these organizations. He is a member of Long Island Language Arts Council and served for two years on the executive board and three years on the conference committee.
“Since his appointment, Mr. Harrington has worked diligently to listen and learn the culture, needs, and expectations of every constituent group in the district,” said Massapequa Superintendent Lucille F. Iconis. “Everyone would agree that he personifies all that is good in education; intelligence, creativity, dedication, skill, loyalty, compassion, enthusiasm and humor. With a smile on his face, he leads by example; setting the stage for excellence. The Massapequa School District is in a better place because of this accomplished administrator.”
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
With kids today obsessed with all the latest electronic gaming gadgets — the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and the like — you’d think that the comparatively antiquated concept of pushing a piece of plastic along a sheet of cardboard would be eschewed by your average teenager; however, judging by the crowd of kids at the Massapequa Public Library’s Board Game Café, this actually may not be the case.
Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, who created the Board Game Café at the library’s Central Avenue branch (in addition to a whole host of other young adult programs), said that it’s a great way for kids to socialize and play some classic board games in a fun and friendly environment.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal pannel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards. Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
Outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:47
One of Major League Soccer’s top front office executives has many fond memories of growing up in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). Bill Manning, the President of Western Conference champion Real Salt Lake and the club’s field, Rio Tinto Stadium, played for the LIJSL Select Team from 1979 to ‘83 as well as the Massapequa Soccer Club from 1972 to ‘83.
Manning’s Massapequa teams had virtually the same players from Under-10 to Under-19, but kept changing their name depending on who their coach was. He played for the Massapequa Flying Dutchmen (coached by Kurt Knoblauch), the Massapequa Bugs (Dick Roche), the Massapequa Cosmos (Jerry Lyons) and the Massapequa Bulls (coached by his father, also named Bill Manning). The Bulls might have lost in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup finals to B/W Gottschee in overtime in 1983, but his teams won the LIJSL division championship in 1974, ‘76 and ‘79 plus the Long Island Cup in 1980 and ‘83.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:58
If the games were played on paper, Massapequa would’ve had no shot. The Chiefs faced a tall order last week playing Elmont, which boasted a 12-3 record and four premier scorers. They gave a tremendous effort, but ultimately had their season cut short, 69-62, despite Alex Cosenza leading the scoring with 29 points.
“I can’t ask for anything else from these guys,” said Head Coach Matt Voigt. “I am so proud of them. I applaud their efforts,”