Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00
The Harvard Club of Long Island named Mineola High School Eileen Burke a Distinguished Teacher of 2013 on April 7.
Burke has been teaching English for 34 years, 25 of which have been at Mineola. She received her BA in English from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and her masters in reading from NYU.
Burke “particularly likes teaching juniors and seniors,” and feels a “responsibility to help them tell their story to college admissions officers.” For the past nine years, Burke has been co-director of the Falk-Sysak Student Service at the high school, the umbrella for the school’s community service and service learning programs since 2004.
“Our awards recognize people who transform the future,” explained Dr. Judith Esterquest, a board member of the Long Island Harvard Club.
Former Mineola student Luke Escobar nominated Burke. He will graduate from Harvard College in May 2015.
Escobar said Burke is great at “instilling the values of hard work and service in all her students. Ms. Burke spends countless hours every fall semester going over students’ college essays and is an invaluable resource to students applying to colleges. She is also a phenomenal English teacher.”
Edward Escobar, Principal of Mineola High School and Luke’s father, added, “Ms. Burke is the epitome of an educator - one who cares about her students, is passionate about her subject and one who believes in the importance of giving back to the community.”
“Ms. Burke shows true compassion, dedication and commitment to service learning,” District Superintendent Michael Nagler said. “We are proud of her accomplishments and join the Harvard club in recognizing her as a distinguished educator.”
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00
The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola.
With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what
exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries. He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.
“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said. “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).
Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.