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Throughout the year, Teacher in the Spotlight will shine the light on teachers and staff who do exceptional things
for our students and go above and beyond each and every day.


The spotlight is on Yenny Diaz!


yenny diazAs many of our Monticello educators are leaving to go home for the day, Yenny Diaz is just arriving. A member of our cleaning team for nearly eight years, Ms. Diaz is well known in her department for her work ethic and diligence.

“Yenny is a very hard worker,” Head Custodian Edwin Ruiz said. “If she sees something that needs to be done, she will do it. She is excellent at doing her job.”

“I enjoy working here; it’s a good job,” Yenny said. “The teachers are good people and they always help us.”

Monticello Central School District isn’t the only place that benefits from Yenny’s kind spirit and industriousness. She is also a beacon for many families who are new to Sullivan County. During the day, she works as a recruiter for the New York State Migrant Education Program, where she acts a liaison between local families and resources. Oftentimes, she has already put in a hard day’s work by the time she walks through the doors of Monticello High School to begin her shift.

Many of the people she works with are families with very young children who work in the agricultural business and move around as the seasons change to find work. Yenny helps determine what these families may need and helps to connect them with resources – from housing assistance, to tutoring services to supplies. She helps to translate for people who have limited English skills and refers them to English classes to improve their fluency.

“I use every opportunity that I have to introduce myself to new families in the area and connect them with the people that they need and the resources that can help them lead a better life,” Yenny said.

Yenny is working towards a degree in foreign languages and international business and hopes with the goal of earning a degree and using her education and experience to continue to support others.

“Yenny is the epitome of the good, old fashioned American Dream, and her advocacy helps newcomers realize their own American Dream,” Superintendent of Schools Tammy Mangus said. “She is an impressive young lady.”

“I feel honored to be chosen as the spotlight, but I just want to do whatever I can to help people,” Yenny said. “I don’t feel like I’m doing enough now, which is why I want to keep studying. I want to be able to make a bigger difference.”  

Congratulations, Yenny!



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