Island Park Public Schools’ Director of Pupil Personnel Services Dr. Laurie Scimeca has been named the School Administrators Association of New York State Region 2 Administrator of the Year. This award recognizes her for providing exceptional service on behalf of education.
Dr. Scimeca has been a valued member of the district’s administration for the past 20 years and an educator for more than four decades. She joined Island Park after working in New York City schools as a speech pathologist, educational evaluator and teacher. Since then, she has been involved in the implementation and planning of many programs that best support students. She has contributed to the success of special education students, the Universal PreK program and much more, communicating with school psychologists, administrators, teachers, parents and others in order to fulfil each child’s needs.
Currently president of the SAANYS Island Park Administrators Association, Dr. Scimeca is past Co-Chairperson of the Nassau County Department of Health’s Preschool Education Issues Committee and former president of the Long Island Association of Special Education Administrators. In the district, she has served as Special Education Supervisor, CSE/CPSE Chairperson, Assistant Director of the Universal PreK Program, Section 504 Compliance Officer and teacher trainer, among other roles. She has received the Superintendent’s Outstanding Achievement and Recognition Award, which annually honors educators who go above and beyond their responsibilities to make a lasting impact in the district.
“Dr. Scimeca is a caring practitioner and professional,” said Francis X. Hegarty School Principal Jacob Russum. “She effectively communicates with parents to put them at ease and help them understand the choices and opportunities available to their children. Ultimately, she leads from the heart, and has proven successes from her lifelong commitment to children and their families through public service.”
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Rosmarie Bovino added, “Dr. Scimeca’s mentoring and training of faculty, staff and parents over so many years has inspired all to understand students’ individual needs, while recognizing their strengths, and relishing the joy of their every accomplishment. We are most grateful for her exceptional educational leadership.”
Dr. Scimeca will retire at the end of June, and those in the Island Park schools extend their gratitude as they wish her a happy future.