Friday, 09 December 2011 00:00
Retired Massapequa Family and Consumer Science teacher Mary Meyers received the Golden Apple Award from the March of Dimes Long Island chapter. The honor was bestowed upon 10 local educators who “made a difference through their commitment to education,” chapter officials said.
The awards were presented by New York State Board of Regents member Roger Tilles at the Fox Hollow in Woodbury, an evening that Meyers said left her “flabbergasted.”
“It was an honor to be among so many people who are highly regarded in education,” she said.
“Ms. Meyers is an exceptional educator who puts 110 percent into everything she does. We are most pleased by her well-deserved achievement,” said Charls Sulc, superintendent of Massapequa UFSD.
Meyers taught in the district for 21 years and retired in 2001. “The greatest part of my life,” she said, “has always been education. I always felt I was giving my students practical skills that could be used throughout their lives.”
Reflecting on her career, Meyers said she is most proud of teaching special education students important life skills to foster independence after high school. She is also proud of teaching child development classes, which led to her involvement in the March of Dimes. Meyers often brought in guest speakers from the organization to educate her students on premature births, birth defects and prenatal care.
While teaching in Massapequa, Meyers also became active in the teachers’ union where she held elected positions and advocated for teachers’ rights. When she retired from the district, she took a position as a labor relations specialist with the New York State Teachers’ Union (NYSUT) where she continues to advocate for teachers and other school personnel.
In this role, Meyers said, she enjoys “the leadership and representation training workshops where she continues to use her teaching skills.”