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District Honors Board President

The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District recently announced District Board of Education President Ginger Lieberman will be honored at the 2014 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Awards for her dedication to education. Lieberman will be recognized as one of the most influential school board members for public education on Long Island.

“Ginger Lieberman has been a strong advocate for our students and has been an influential leader in our community for more than 30 years,” said Dr. Lorna Lewis, Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Superintendent of Schools. “We are very proud of Ms. Lieberman for being honored by our leaders as she has been a strong voice for public education on Long Island.”

“I am extremely honored to be named among Nassau County’s most influential leaders in education who have helped provide our students of all ages and abilities with the best education possible,” said Lieberman. “Despite the many obstacles that public educators have faced in the last few years, I am proud to say that we have gone above and beyond to ensure that each of our students is provided with the necessary resources and opportunities to succeed.”

In addition to being the District’s board president, Lieberman has served as a trustee on the board for more than 28 years. Lieberman has played an instrumental role in maintaining the District’s essential academic and extracurricular programs, which foster student development and academic excellence.  

Lieberman is also a national expert on the behaviors associated with bullying, including cyberbullying, and continues to host workshops for parents and students to educate them on how to recognize bullying behavior. She is an award-winning author for her children’s books on character building and the vices of bullying. Lieberman co-authored Bully Frog, which was the first in a series of children’s books that focus on character education and was the winner of the 2004 National Legacy Book Award. Forlorn Frog, the sequel, was published in 2006.

Lieberman has been conducting workshops for more than 15 years for students, staff and parents on how to recognize and prevent bullying. She blazed the trail on identifying cyberbullying as an extension of the harassment that occurs in schools and set about incorporating that into the curriculum.

The long-time education and student advocate earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and sociology from Rider University.  She is the co-director of the Long Island Professional Education Network and a Dignity for All Students Act training instructor for graduate students at Columbia University, Long Island University Post and Touro College.

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Plainview resident Gail Wurtzel will be leading her team, Memories of Miriam, in the Walk to Defeat ALS at Eisenhower Park later this month.

 

Wurtzel’s Mother, Miriam Hanania, also a Plainview resident, succumbed to the disease two years ago after a long struggle. The disease forced her to go from an active, vibrant person to being wheelchair-bound and dependent on others for her care. 

 

ALS or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

While everyone is subject to the trials and tribulations that life offers on a day-to-day basis, some people can use just a little bit of extra help. Luckily, there’s help with a proven track record out there for those who need it. 

 

Joe Russo of Old Bethpage heads up the Recovery International meetings held weekly at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library. These meetings extol the virtues of the self-help techniques developed by the late Dr. Abraham Low, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry as the University of Illinois Medical School.  


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