Teachers Tenured, Valedictorian Named

School district fetes teachers, students

Tuesday's Nyack school board meeting was less legislative and more celebratory.

School officials and board members named this year's valedictorian and salutatorian, and handed out tenure to a number of teachers. Dozens of friends and family were on hand with bouquets and applause.

"I'm in awe of all of you," said James Montesano, Nyack's superintendent. "The expectations of educators today are tremendous. And education is the finest profession."

Jacob Steinberg-Otter was named valedictorian, and will be attending Harvard University in the fall. Luke Warren, salutatorian, will be attending Williams College.


Tenure awards

Liberty Elementary School

  • Marcella Caldas, elementary education

  • Nancy Deacon-Owens, teaching assistant
  • Jessica Gogatz, teaching assisstant
  • Michael Jones, elementary
  • Eileen Laise, teaching assistant
  • Valerie Mondesir, teaching assistant
  • Brett Sloane, social worker

  • Anney Fimmano, teaching assistant
  • Lisa St. John, elementary

  • Elizabeth Peterson, mathematics

  • Ariana Lopez, LOTE - Spanish


  • Jospeh Sigillo, director of physical education, health, wellness and athletics
Kevin Zawacki (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Laureen Motto Gallo May 02, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Congratulations to Joe Sigillo! BEST Athletic Director Nyack has had in a LONG time! His hard work and dedication to Nyack has paid off! Many years of continued success!!
Foster Bass May 02, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Congratulations to all. Nyack High School Valedictorians are amazing. I know because I'm married to one :-)


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