Superintendent’s Conference Day Carries Theme of Unity

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On Sept. 1, the Riverhead Central School District officially kicked off the 2017-18 school year with a high-spirited Superintendent’s Conference Day that was attended by administrators, teachers, support staff and Board of Education members.

The conference featured speakers, including Deputy Superintendent Sam Schneider, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Christine Tona and Board of Education President Gregory Meyer who each thanked those in attendance for their dedication to the district’s students. The speakers also articulated a common goal to unify the district in the best interest of all students. 

New Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Aurelia Henriquez, also took to the podium. In her remarks, she spoke of her love of education and the challenges faced by those in the field of education. She assured everyone that the challenges are ones that can be overcome.

“We must work to bring back the joy of teaching and learning,” she said. “Together, we can rebrand Riverhead and make a difference for our students.”   

A highlight of the conference came as the district honored six staff members for serving the district for 25 years, nine staff members for serving for 30 years and three for working within the district for 35 years. Additionally, 70 new staff members were presented, including, Director of STEM Kathleen Scholand and Director of Fine Arts Lauren Lewonka. Aquebogue Elementary School’s new assistant Principal Vanessa Williams was also introduced.  

The conference culminated with the naming of the Secondary Teacher of the Year, Luke Ferland, a high school technology teacher; the Elementary Teacher of the Year, Donna Verbeck, a third-grade teacher at Roanoke; Secondary Staff Members of the Year, Marcie Dilworth, Louise Meyer and Linda Mikelinich, who all serve in the middle school special education department; and the Elementary Staff Member of the Year, Virgina Naugles, who is employed in the clerical department at Phillips Avenue.