South Orangetown Central School District

Interim Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services Dr. Karen Tesik will be honored by JCC Rockland on December 2 as an “individual who never wavers in her stance for social justice.” Dr. Tesik is one of four community members being recognized for making a difference in the quality of life in Rockland County.

“I am humbled to receive this award,” says Dr. Tesik. “Advocating for students and families is an honor and a privilege. The JCC is a community partner who strives to teach respect and tolerance with a mission to build unity in our county. They share resources with our schools and our families and are an incredible asset to our community.”

During her tenure as South Orangetown Middle School principal, the school earned its initial designation and redesignation as a National School to Watch and New York State Essential Elements: School to Watch Model School. Dr. Tesik was also instrumental in supporting a student-led initiative to bring The Butterfly Project to SOMS two years ago as a way to remember those who perished in the Holocaust and honor survivors.

“This is a well-deserved honor,” says Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Pritchard. “Dr. Tesik has a strong reputation for providing leadership in the area of social justice. She cares deeply about families not just in South Orangetown, but throughout Rockland–and beyond.”