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Copiague Celebrates Retirees, Newly Tenured Staff

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At the June 6 board of education meeting, the Copiague School District recognized faculty and staff members who will be retiring at the close of the 2021-2022 school year. The district also acknowledged staff and administrators who were recently granted tenure.

Joined by administrators, colleagues, board of education members and family, the district celebrated four staff members who will celebrate their retirement at the end of the month. Copiague School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon thanked them all for their service and dedication to the students of Copiague and wished them well in their retirement. Congratulations to Margaret Murphy, elementary teacher at Great Neck Road (33 years); Claudia Nakash, elementary teacher at Susan E. Wiley (20 years); Valerie Nevola, teaching assistant at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School (20 years); and Lissette Persico, social worker, Great Neck Road (17 years).

Newly tenured teachers and administrators were also celebrated at the meeting. Congratulations to the following: Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School - Taylor Barbarino-Falk, ESL teacher; Rosa Benaburger, science teacher; Lisbel Collado, social worker; Colleen Darge, guidance counselor; Melisa Dias, special education teacher; Nicolo Testa, special education teacher and Christina Campisi, speech teacher; Copiague Middle School – Karen Greco, guidance counselor; Alison Silber, special education teacher and Diana Peralta, elementary teacher; Great Neck Road Elementary School: Nicole Dunne, assistant principal and Jacquelyn Marinello, psychologist; Deauville Gardens West Elementary School - Kristina Biamonte, principal; Jessica Kopping, guidance counselor and Sarah Steiner, special education teachers; Deauville Gardens East Elementary School – Alicia Cacciapaglia, speech teacher; Karina Cranmer, elementary teacher; Jean Ann Crespo, assistant principal and Gina Graziano, elementary teacher.

Date Added: 6/27/2022