Member/Local Recognition

From left, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Michael Sheperd and Safety and Risk Coordinator John Raflowski proudly display CiTi’s 2020 school safety excellence award presented by the Utica National Insurance Group.

December 30, 2020 CiTi Presented With School Safety Excellence Award

MEXICO, NY – The Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation (CiTi) has received the highest distinction in school safety excellence once again, an award presented annually by Utica National Insurance Group.

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December 15, 2020

North Syracuse Education Association creating pop-up food pantries for those in need




The Outstanding Service Retirement Award honors Nancie Cooney from Central Valley Academy. According to Jeremy Rich, Superintendent of CVA, “She also was always willing to lend a helping hand, be a part of the school community, or to share the beauty of art to as many as she could. Overall, Nancie embodied the heart of a teaching artist and spread her love of imagination and creation to thousands of students Without a doubt, she has left a positive mark on many and for that, Central Valley is forever grateful.” Nancy is also a former winner of the Region Art Educator of the Year Award and has conducted classes for young students at the Mohawk Valley Center for the arts.

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December 1, 2020 MVCC staff members, student receive CEANY awards

Terésa Fava-Schram, coordinator of Workforce Development, won the Outstanding New Continuing Education Professional by demonstrating exemplary service in continuing higher education during the past two years, including leadership, commitment, vision, and inspiration. The award recognizes a new continuing education professional by honoring emerging leaders who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment and who excel in continuing education.

“Terésa’s work with special grants has provided great benefits to local companies and corporations,” said Franca Armstrong, associate vice president of Workforce Development and dean of the Rome Campus at MVCC. “Skill upgrade is a cornerstone of what we do in the Center for Corporate and Community Education, and Terésa’s dedication strengthens our ability to provide training needed for our community members to advance their careers.”

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October 26, 2020

UTICAOD.COM: Madison-Oneida BOCES in Verona, NY earns two New York State communication awards

An Award of Honor in the Excellence in Writing category for an article in the Madison Spring 2020 newsletter titled “Clubs Support Academic, Emotional Needs.”

An Award of Excellence in the Social Media category for the Rome Twitter feed, in collaboration with the district’s public relations specialist.

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Mott Road was named a Blue Ribbon School of Distinction today. This is a file photo from the first day of school at there on Tues. Sept. 8, 2015. Teaching assistant Shelia Marano greets returning student Harmon Chopra who is going into the second grade. David Lassman |

September 24, 2020 Mott Road School, Fayetteville-Manlius School District, wins national Blue Ribbon School distinction

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Pictured at center is Mexico Athletic Director Andrew Gates earlier this month accepting an award from NYSPHSAA declaring the district as a School of Excellence for its achievements inside the classroom. Also pictured are Section III President Joe DeBarbieri, left, and NYSPHSAA Executive Director Robert Zayas.

September 11, 2020 Mexico Named School Of Excellence By New York State Public High School Athletic Association

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Mexico Board of Education Vice President Darlene Upcraft, second from left, visits Mexico Elementary School for its fall 2019 Open House. She is pictured greeting guests and staff members with BOE President James Emery.

September 1, 2020 Darlene Upcraft honored as ‘heart and soul’ of MACS leadership

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Senator Ritchie Recognizes Phoenix Educator As 2020 ‘Woman Of Distinction’

August 26, 2020

Nominated by Senator Patty Ritchie for the impact she has had on her students and her community, Phoenix Central School District educator Carol Blackburn has been selected as one of the New York State Senate’s 2020 “Women of Distinction.”



August 2, 2020 Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES Automotive Technology instructor John Stratton was recently announced as the 2020-2021 SkillsUSA New York State Advisor of the Year.

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July 8, 2020 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service was awarded to Paul Buckingham, Ph.D., of Morrisville

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June 11, 2020 Cooperstown Teacher Association member Stephanie Nelen facilitates summer virtual tutoring grant as co-founder of The Angel Network of Cooperstown

Local charity gets grant to help with summer tutoring


Helping Hands Food Pantry Director Jackie Lape receiving the donation presented by OESJ Association of Professionals President Tim Barnes.


June 3, 2020

Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Association of Professionals reach out to assist students in need

Thanks to the commitment OESJ CSD Association of Professionals has to their community, their students will benefit from a $2,000.00 donation the Association chose to make.

Association President and Physical Education teacher Tim Barnes discussed the unmet needs of many students with Special Education teacher Rose Sammons and School Social Worker Darlene Marchand-Clifford. Finding funds to support these types of student needs is challenging. Tim suggested a donation to set up funding for these needs and thus a student support plan was formulated with unanimous support from the 90 members of the Association.

The Association’s donation will be geared to providing students with basic needs of personal care supplies, clothing items and school supplies. Also included in the donation was funding to the Helping Hands Food Pantry which will work in conjunction with school staff to fill any food insecurity needs.



May 24, 2020 Additional educators have been saluted in a teacher recognition program coordinated by the Genesis Group of the Mohawk Valley.

The Genesis Group is seeking nominations from people who would like to recognize a local educator’s efforts, including amid COVID-19 issues.. They can be submitted to and results will be announced throughout May and June

Among those recognized, and information submitted:

  • Brian Frantz, Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES

  • Janet Jury, OHM BOCES

  • Pam Musacchio, Oriskany Jr./Sr. High School

  • Staff of P-TECH OHM at Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES

  • Dr. Linda R. Weber, SUNY Polytechnic Institute

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May 21, 2020 Additional educators have been saluted in a teacher recognition program coordinated by the Genesis Group of the Mohawk Valley.

The Genesis and First Source Federal Credit Union are partnering to recognize teachers in our community who are going above and beyond to help students succeed during a challenging time for educators and students.

Below are the teachers who were selected to be honored, and the messages that were submitted by the people who nominated them.

Kelle Kirkland, Oneida-Herkimer-Madison B.O.C.E.S.


Alex Rose, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School District

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(Left to right) Carrie Patane, President of Oswego Classroom Teachers’ Association; Joy Bifera, EVS Manager for Oswego Health; Michelle McManus, Secretary of Oswego Classroom Teachers’ Association.


May 14, 2020 Oswego Classroom Teachers’ Association Support Essential Workers Of Oswego Health

425 Teachers and Teaching Assistants of the Oswego Classroom Teachers’ Association have led a “Business Spotlight of the Week” program to provide books for their students, support local community businesses that have remained open during the pandemic and support the front line essential workers who have helped to keep them safe.

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May 13, 2020 United Liverpool Faculty Association member Michael Crosby named New York State’s James Madison Memorial Fellowship recipient for 2020

A jolly good fellow



May 5, 2020 East Syracuse special education teachers deliver birthday surprise to student

East Syracuse student Madison celebrated her 10th birthday on May 3.

Due to social distancing, Madison was unable to have a birthday party, but her special education teachers from the East Syracuse Minoa Central School District did not miss the chance to wish her well.

Madison’s parents say this special “drive by” birthday song was a wonderful experience.

Madison has Down syndrome and her parents say having a supportive group of teachers helping her learn and grow when she is not at home has meant a lot to them over the years.












April 30, 2020

Early in the morning and late into the evening, CCS Elementary School Teacher, Michealle Cole, has been sewing facemasks for donation to area essential workers.

She has sewed over 600 facemasks since school closure due to Covid-19. Mrs. Cole’s gifts of personal protection have been donated to Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown Center, Catskill Area Hospice, Robinson Terrace in Stamford NY, as well as many friends, colleagues and family. “It’s not how much you give, but how much love you put into giving.” – Mother Teresa

Posted by the Cooperstown Central School District on their Facebook page.


4/29/20 Fayetteville-Manlius algebra and geometry teacher C.J. Alvarez was among the people who qualified to take part in this year’s Boston Marathon after qualifying during the Buffalo Marathon last spring.

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April 13, 2020 Trio helps Upstate University Hospital modify respirator prototype amid parts shortage

Bryan Alguire of Mohawk Valley Community College was part of team called on to help keep staff safe at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. Pictured above is the face mask with prototype and new tubing.

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Posted by East Syracuse Minoa Central School District on Thursday, April 2, 2020


April 2, 2020

Members of the East Syracuse-Minoa School District Play Role in Providing Central New York medical workers with PPE

Mike Pounds, Dave Ashley, Scott Macomber and others volunteered their time to re-purpose ESM 3D printers to make plastic visor frames and clips used for face shields.


March 30, 2020 ‘I’d like to be there for them’: Auburn music teacher rescinds retirement because of COVID-19

“Michael Miller, who has served as the director of bands for the high school since 2014 and has taught in the district for over 20 years, recently rescinded his retirement as a full-time music teacher. That was approved by the district board of education at a meeting April 22.”

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March 8, 2020

Sherburne-Earlville Teaching Assistant Jonathan Ryan utilized a Glowforge machine to reduce mask discomfort for healthcare workers.

Teaching assistant creates mask clips for healthcare workers