On Thursday, 19 April, the East Williston community came together to celebrate one outstanding educator from each of the three schools as the recipient of the Simmons Award.
The Simmons Award, named after Steve Simmons (Class of 1964), was started in 1996, when he, in appreciation of the extraordinary education he, his family and his classmates received here, donated $100,000 to the East Williston Education Foundation to establish an annual awards night. Over 100 staff members have been honored with certificates and monetary awards in appreciation for what they contribute to the education of our students.
This year’s recipients were:
- Jo Beth Roberts (Wheatley’s Library Media Specialist)
- Vanessa Dimascio (Willets Road 5th Grade)
- Jill Widyn (North Side 4th Grade)
The recipients were introduced by a colleague from their school who highlighted just some of the numerous accomplishments and attributes which resulted in each of our awardees being nominated for and selected for this special award. Steve Collier, our secondary English Chair, introduced Mrs. Roberts to the audience. Rick Wilson, a member of our English department, coordinated the creation of a wonderful commemorative album.
Congratulations to Mrs. Roberts for this well-deserved recognition!