Six Riverhead Central School District employees were honored for outstanding service during the district’s annual superintendent’s conference day Sept. 3: (left to right) Tracy Martin, Edwin George, Tammi Michaelson, Tammy Furio, Lawrence Mandresh and Angie Carron.

Six Riverhead Central School District employees were recognized for outstanding service at the Superintendent’s Conference Day held at the high school Sept. 3.

Teacher of the year awards were presented to Riverhead High School science teacher Lawrence Mandresh and elementary school teachers Tracy Martin and Tammi Michaelson. Angie Carron, Tammy Furio and Edwin George were named staff members of the year.

The district announced the awards in a Sept. 10 press release.

The district also honored 13 staff members for providing 25 years of service to the Riverhead schools, seven members for 30 years, three members for 35 years and one member for 50 years of service.

The district starts off each school year with the day-long conference, attended by board of education members, administrators, teachers and support staff.

The conference includes a districtwide assembly.

“This was a rough past year,” school board president Greg Meyer told the assembly, according to the press release, “but that doesn’t take away anything you have done for our students. We are here for them, we are family, we are Riverhead.”

School Superintendent Dr. Aurelia Henriquez spoke about the important strides that the district has made in educating the “whole child,” according to the release.

“Without a whole student approach, we will never reach our kids,” she said, urging all district employees to “take this year to listen to students.”

Henriquez also addressed the recently released New York State assessment scores, the release said.

The superintendent said the district’s scores cannot be equitably compared to other districts “that lack the rich diversity of Riverhead schools,” according to the release.

Photo caption: Six Riverhead Central School District employees were recognized for going above and beyond during the district’s Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 3. Top row from left: Edwin George and Lawrence Mandresh; bottom row from left: Tracy Martin, Tammi Michaelson, Tammy Furio and Angie Carron.

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