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Retired Monticello principal and teacher named as award recipients

April 27, 2016

Two members of the Monticello Central School District community will be presented with an Outstanding Educator Award and Outstanding Friend to Education Award during the Sullivan County School Boards Association’s (SCSBA) annual dinner on Wednesday, May 25. The awards honor an educator and a resident, respectively, who have made a significant impact on the education of children in Sullivan County.

Kim Patterson, who retired in March 2016 as Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School’s principal will receive an Outstanding Educator Award.

From creating a “golden dustpan” award to encourage classes to work together to keep their classrooms tidy to implementing a student-led “breakfast packing program” that assists the cafeteria staff in preparing breakfast for the entire school each day, Ms. Patterson is renowned for turning every day challenges into teachable moments for her students.

“Ms. Patterson is the consummate professional,” Superintendent of Schools, Tammy Mangus, who nominated Ms. Patterson for the award, said.  “I have personally witnessed her amazing efforts to bring everyone into the fold to create solid educational partnerships that inspire greatness in both students and staff. She will be sorely missed by all.”

Constance (Connie) Keller, a retired teacher who taught at George L. Cooke Elementary School until 2002, will receive the Outstanding Friend to Education Award.

After learning about Sullivan County’s high illiteracy rate, Ms. Keller became an integral part of establishing the Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County and served as the organization’s executive director for over 20 years.

“Ms. Keller believed that illiteracy was crippling but when people learned to read, their lives changed,” Monticello Central School District Board of Education member Ellen Nesin, who nominated Ms. Keller for the award, said. “She has done so much to promote literacy in our community, and her impact will be felt for generations to come.”

The SCSBA’s annual dinner will be held on May 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Villa Roma Club House in Callicoon, New York. For more information, please click here.