Neighbors in the News

Two East Meadow educators join Nassau BOCES


This year, a crop of 14 new educators joined Nassau BOCES Department of Regional Schools and Instructional Programs in its ongoing mission to provide Long Islanders with all the skills needed for success in the workplace. These devoted and talented educators are spread among four vital programs: the Adult Evening program, the Adult Learning Center, the Career and Technical Education program, and Long Island High School for the Arts.

Three new teachers joined the Adult Evening program: Cliff Edwards of Oceanside, who teaches Trade Electric; Jeff Feinberg of Bellmore, who teaches Medical Assisting; and William Welsh of Wantagh, who teaches Veterinary Assisting.

The Adult Learning Center welcomed 11 new adult educators: Christina Alexander of Roosevelt, Cynthia Buccaran of Locust Valley, Amy Cooke of Levittown, John Davis of Flushing, Charlotte Kalista of Farmingdale, Joanna Mankowski of East Meadow, Reena Mathew of Westbury, Roberta Nilsen of East Meadow, Kris Nordt of Baldwin, Suzette Rivera of Westbury, and Erin William-Maples of Valley Stream.

“All of our new teachers come to us with many years of industry experience,” said Michele Cohen, Principal of the Adult Education Program. “Each of them has decided that teaching is the best way of giving back to their communities and building the future of Long Island business. We put a great deal of effort into creating partnerships with industry, workforce development, and making connections between school and the real world, so that our students are ready to start a career upon completing our programs.”

Three new educators joined the Career and Technical Education program: Guidance Counselor Phillip Bachmann of Long Beach, Carpentry teacher Diane Marinconz of Howard Beach, and Health Skills teacher Elizabeth Young of Stony Brook.

The Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA) welcomed two new teachers: Music Instructor Mark Cocheo of Astoria, and Dance Instructor Traci Peterson of Baldwin.