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Lynn Selkirk and Mary Truesdell to be honored at annual SCSBA awards dinner

May 21, 2017 

Two members of the Monticello Central School District community will be presented with the Outstanding Educator Award during the Sullivan County School Boards Association’s (SCSBA) annual dinner on Wednesday, May 31. The awards honor educators who have made a significant impact on the education of children in Sullivan County. Monticello's Lynn Selkirk and Mary Truesdell will be among those honored that evening.

Lynn Selkirk to be honored by SCSBASelkirk has served as the social, emotional and wellness coach at the Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School since 2015, and has been an educator in the district for 20 years. In addition to overseeing the school’s Edible Garden, she is responsible for the school’s Student Council and Back Pack Program, as well as outreach to community agencies and other partners to ensure Rutherford’s students have school supplies, clothing and food. While supporting students and teachers at Rutherford Elementary, Selkirk is also part of the Social, Emotional and Wellness team that has developed a standards-base curriculum for all MCSD students in kindergarten through fifth grade.Mary Truesdell to be honored by SCSBA

Truesdell serves an integral role in Monticello High School's guidance department, with a focus on the freshman experience. Under her leadership, Truesdell has developed new strategies to increase parent engagement, strengthen student preparation for high school success, and helped students prepare for post-high school opportunities. In addition, she has facilitated team discussions focused on addressing student needs.

"Both Lynn and Mary truly represent what this school district is all about," said Superintendent of Schools Tammy Mangus. "First and foremost, they always look for ways of encouraging our students to strive for, and achieve, success. This kid-centered focus is paramount to our district's culture. Add to that their compassionate natures and strong work ethic, and it's a win-win for our students and the district. Congratulations to both Lynn and Mary on this well deserved recognition."

The SCSBA’s annual dinner will be held on May 31 at 5:30 p.m. at the Villa Roma Club House in Callicoon, New York.

Photo, top left: Lynn Selkirk, social emotional and wellness coach at the Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School
Photo, right: Mary Truesdell, guidance counselor, Monticello High School