RVCSD Teacher Receives Honor

RVCSD Teacher Receives Honor
Posted on 05/31/2022
Photo of Felice Digennaro, Superintendent Joseph Morgan, Board Member Brian Martin, and Principal Andrew Davenport

Felice DiGennaro, a dedicated teacher from the Rondout Valley Central School District (RVCSD), has received the Ulster County School Boards Association (UCSBA) Distinguished Friend of Education Award. The annual award recognizes residents from the county’s school districts and Ulster BOCES for their dedication and commitment to students and schools.

RVCSD Superintendent Joseph Morgan and Marbletown Elementary School Principal Andrew Davenport presented the award to DiGennaro at the UCSBA’s annual dinner on May 26 at the Best Western in Kingston.

DiGennaro was described as a person who makes a great first impression and only continues to impress. Beloved by students and parents, DiGennaro was recognized as someone who always has a positive attitude and a smile on her face, even as she faces significant challenges of her own. In addition, she was lauded as someone who is not only kind, nurturing, and smart, but also a tough, inspirational educator. 

DiGennaro, it was said, constantly seeks new ways to support her students and is adept at helping other teachers find ways to support their students. When the pandemic hit, some people sat on the sidelines, but DiGennaro stepped up to the challenge. She was an integral member of the District’s decision-making team, always calm, polite, solution-oriented, and persistent.

Last spring, the District created a new Instructional Coach position to support teachers in the classroom and help move building and District-level initiatives along. Innovative and respected, DiGennaro was clearly the person for the job at Marbletown Elementary School. She is praised as someone who intuitively knows what a teacher needs, and is able to support them in ways they find helpful. She also quickly and easily connects with children and has played a vital role in implementing an array of building and District-level initiatives.

Krista Barringer, president of the Ulster County School Boards Association, is full of praise for this year’s honorees. “This annual event highlights the amazing people who go above and beyond for the students and families in Ulster County school districts,” she said. “This year is no different. Every year, the awardees leave inspired and amazed by each other. They are a tremendous group that deserves every bit of recognition.” 

DiGennaro’s fellow honorees are: Charles and Noreen Dechon, Ellenville Central School District; Claire Van Valkenburgh, Highland Central School District; Nora C. Scherer, Kingston City School District; Faith Nannini, Marlboro Central School District; Rob Kurnit, Onteora Central School District; Mike LaTourette, Saugerties Central School District; Jamie Hoyt, Wallkill Central School District; and Margaret Short, Ulster BOCES.