South Orangetown Central School District

The #SOCSDMentorMonday Facebook campaign highlights community members who directly mentor students on a sustained, voluntary basis through our schools. Through their dedicated volunteerism, mentors offer students meaningful opportunities to explore interests and career pathways–and to develop real world job skills.

Over the past two years, Goosetown Communications Owner and President Joey Gottlieb has clocked in hundreds of hours helping students learn to construct and wire robots as a mentor for Tappan Zee High School’s FIRST Robotics Competition team, SO BOTZ. “It’s been a great experience working with students, teachers and other mentors,” he says. “I’ve learned a lot from the kids and hopefully, they’ve also learned a lot from me. I enjoy giving back to the community and have coached basketball, baseball and soccer. This is just another coaching experience, but with robotics, every kid can go pro.”

As a new team member, freshman Giovanni L. worked closely with Joey this year. “I learned a lot about electronics and the whole engineering design process–CAD and CAM–and what it can do in the real world. The learning process is time-consuming, but once you get it down, it becomes much easier,” he reflects. “This is something that I probably want to do as a career.”

The #SOCSDMentorMonday campaign will extend throughout the spring. Interested in mentoring students in your field of expertise? Contact Family Engagement Center Coordinator AJ Walker at

SO BOTZ mentor Joey Gottlieb with freshman Giovanni L. standing in front of CNC mill