South Orangetown Central School District

William O. Schaefer Elementary School teachers Michelle Rossi and Heidi Hill, and South Orangetown Middle School Teacher Glenn Spiegelman, were nominated by community members for New York State Assemblyman Michael Lawler’s “Best in Assembly District 97 Teacher” social media campaign launched during National Teacher Appreciation Week. Lawler stopped our schools this morning to present Rossi, Hill and Spiegelman with certificates of appreciation. “It’s important to recognize the long-term effect that outstanding teachers have on their students’ lives. My second grade teacher had a profound impact on my life. She saw what I needed and it made a huge difference,” Lawler noted.

School administrators commended their honorees. “This acknowledgment is much appreciated,” stated WOS Principal Sheila Beglin. “Michelle and Heidi are the most humble people although they consistently go above and beyond for our students.” SOMS Principal Chad Corey, Ed.D. shared that families have been vocal in their appreciation, particularly this year. “We’ve received many emails expressing gratitude for the time and effort Glenn has put into supporting students throughout hybrid learning. This attention is well-deserved,” Corey said.

South Orangetown Middle School Teacher and National Junior Honor Society co-advisor Kerry Beckmann was honored as one of 22 local Women of Distinction for her contributions to our community. “Kerry epitomizes service. Through her work with OMM and the Blauvelt Library, she has helped to make Orangetown what it is,” observed Lawler.

Those named Women of Distinction were nominated by community members, selected by the assemblyman and presented with an official NYS Assembly Proclamation from Lawler’s office. “Kerry has a passion for service and her efforts are endless,” Corey said.

Congratulations to Michelle Rossi, Heidi Hill, Glenn Spiegelman and Kerry Beckmann for their outstanding efforts in our schools and community!

Assemblyman Lawler with Michelle Rossi, Heidi Hill, Glenn Spiegelman and Kerry Beckmann