Barbara Rice MES
Submitted by Lorraine Farina
It has been my great pleasure to have shared spaces with Barbara for the last two years, both at RES and at MES. She is the very definition of what an educator should be: learned, curious about the world, passionate about bringing an expanded world-view to her students, and intimately familiar with students’ needs, which she meets with compassion, and always in a quiet, unassuming way. The Rondout community is enriched by her presence.
Hinako Shapiro MES
Submitted by Laurie Ajemian
When Rosendale School closed the students and staff came over to Marbletown. I was fortunate this year to have Hinako Shapiro, who came from Rosendale, come to work in my second grade classroom at Marbletown. I personally did not know Hinako but everyone told me that she was a lovely person, creative, and a hard worker. After working with her this year, I could not agree more! She is absolutely wonderful to work with! She has a wealth of knowledge in all areas, works well with the students, and goes above and beyond in every aspect. Once a week she even teaches the students Japanese. You should hear my second grade students speak! Thank you Hinako Shapiro for all you do!!!!
Kristin Baker IS
Submitted by Jeff Slater
This year has difficult for many of us and to top that off I suffered a personal tragedy about a month ago. Kristin not only has been a great colleague and friend all year, she really stepped up when I needed help. She was so willing to give of herself to help a friend I don't know what I would've done without her. Her care for my class, her help guiding my sub, being supportive to my family and just being a great human being was amazing. Kristin I'm proud to work with you and just want to let you know how much you are appreciated.