New York State Senator Sue Serino honored local teachers with “A+ Teacher”awards in June, including five Dutchess BOCES teachers.

The educators were nominated by the community for their efforts, especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Over the past year teachers were asked to step up in a big way to adapt to the ongoing challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and they did so without missing a beat,” said Serino. “While reading through the nominations received, I was blown away by the lengths that the teachers in our community continue to go to connect with their students and promote their success.”

Jennifer Frankovich, Sue DeMan, Dana LaManna, Lisa Slagle, and Krystine Nardozzi are the honorees who teach at Dutchess BOCES. 
“It’s clear that they are making a huge difference in their students' lives. I’m honored to be able to recognize these educators as ‘A+ Teachers,’ ”Serino said. “I cannot thank them enough for all of the work they do both inside and outside of the classroom.” More than 50 teachers were nominated by community members who felt they had kept their class on track and found creative ways to engage students during the challenging days of remote and hybrid learning.  “I am thrilled to see these amazing teachers being recognized for the work that they do. They each consistently go to tremendous lengths to ensure their students and their families are engaged and informed,” said Director of Special Education Denise Dzikowski. “We are very fortunate to have them on our BOCES team.”