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BOCES Names CP Teacher ‘Most Innovative Educator’

CP alum Maddalena Buffalino an ideal role model for students

Maddalena Buffalino, a former Carle Place High School student and current social studies teacher at the school, was recently named the recipient of BOCES Most Innovative Educator Technology Award.

The award commends Buffalino, a Westbury resident, as a “teacher who demonstrates creative, resourceful uses of technology that significantly impacts student achievement,” according to BOCES.

“I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. The social studies teachers I had like Joan Caliendo and Jeananne Sullivan influenced and solidified my decision to become a social studies teacher,” said Buffalino, a Siena College grad who is currently working toward earning an administration degree at Stony Brook University.

The Carle Place area has a history of retaining its residents – as evidenced in the many generations of families living in the hamlet – and one could argue that the school district is a reason why some never leave.

“I loved growing up in Carle Place and it is a dream come true to work there. The students are enthusiastic, caring and dedicated. I love working with the kids outside of the classroom as a coach, key club advisor and class advisor. I hope to make a difference in and outside of the classroom in my students’ lives,” Buffalino explained.

The Podolski Awards, created in 2011, is an annual program that honors one teacher and one administrator each year. Educators nominate administrators who have taken a visionary role in the implementation of technology, demonstrated a commitment to serve the educational needs of students and provided support to teachers.

Buffalino, who described winning the award as a “great accomplishment” in her teaching career, has been teaching social studies at Carle Place High School since 2005 and currently teaches Advanced Placement world history, ELL American history and AIS for students in grades seven through 12. 

In addition, Buffalino has acted as Key Club advisor, field hockey and lacrosse coach, class advisor, yearbook advisor and website designer for various school clubs.

She also facilitates professional development workshops for her colleagues, such as the faculty presentation on the importance of blogging, the Superintendent’s Day YouTube course, Superintendent’s Day grade-keeper course and staff development day technology course. She has been heralded for incorporating technology into her classroom and her district.

“Congratulations to Maddalena Buffalino in representing the Carle Place community,” said David Flatley, superintendent of schools. “We are proud to have her on our staff.”

For more information, contact Carle Place Public Schools at (516) 622-6440 or visit the web at


Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.


In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.


“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 


Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 


The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.

Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.


Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


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