Carle Place Teachers Association and the District were recognized by the American Federation of Teachers and its president, Randi Weingarten, during a recognition ceremony at the High School. Also in attendance were representatives from New York State United Teachers, CPTA President Michael Renga and members of the district board of education. The Middle-High School band welcomed visitors through a lively performance.
This honor is due to the schools being open for in-person instruction five days a week for grades K-12. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Christine Finn said this was the direct result of the collaboration between the district and the educators, who worked diligently to ensure that the health and safety guidelines were in place throughout the schools. “Our teachers have helped us accomplish this and we cannot be prouder,” Dr. Finn said. “We could not have done this without working together so I want to thank the teachers for their part in that.”
Along with Dr. Finn, several other district members gave speeches including teacher Beth Morrow, Social Studies Chairperson Leslie Rubenstein, Chairperson of Fine and Performing Arts Michael Limone and student Harleigh Buck, who spoke on behalf of the student body and expressed how Carle Place teachers are truly deserving of this recognition.
“Without their hard work and determination, students would not have the privilege of going to school full time. Being 100% in person, five days a week has given us a sense of comfort and normalcy,” Harleigh said. “Carle Place teachers have shown to be adaptive and resilient when online schooling and when COVID-19 protocols were introduced, all while simultaneously boosting morale inside and outside of the classroom. To our teachers, we have the utmost respect and appreciation. We want you to know that your sacrifices and dedication that go into shaping the future generation do not go unnoticed.”
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten expressed her appreciation to district teachers and lauded them for their teamwork during this difficult year. “The glue that keeps it together is working together and that is a lesson that we need to teach every person in America, particularly every school superintendent and every group of teachers,” she said. “The other lesson is that of resilience and that’s what all of you have done. You have demonstrated the sense that it is possible if we work together, the sense that we will get through this and the sense of optimism. We want to make sure that what I am seeing today, we see all over the country. I thank you, all of you for taking the risk to follow the science. You’ve shown that safety is the vehicle to do what needs to be done for students and for that I am so appreciative.”
Following the ceremony, President Weingarten took a tour of the buildings and classrooms and spoke with district teachers.