Two Monticello educators receive awards from Mid-Hudson School Study Council

Ann Marie Kurthy and Bill Frandino are smiling next to a tree and posing The Mid-Hudson School Study Council (MHSSC) announced Emma C. Chase Elementary School Instructional Coach and Literacy Specialist Ann Marie Kurthy, and Chase Principal William Frandino, as two recipients of this year’s MHSSC annual awards. Ms. Kurthy is a recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award and Mr. Frandino is a recipient of the Friend to the Council Award.

Mr. Frandino was nominated for the award by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matt Evans in recognition of his hospitality towards the SUNY New Paltz Administration cohort that meets at the Chase school on Saturdays.

Ms. Kurthy was nominated by Chase Reading Interventionist Tavi Bockman and AIS Math/SEW Facilitator MaryAnn Swenson. Both nominees wrote of Ms. Kurthy’s aptitude and enthusiasm for her work in transforming teachers’ approaches towards teaching literacy, as well as her passion for helping even the most challenged readers achieve literacy during her 30 year tenure at the Chase school.  

The pair will officially be presented with their rewards during the organization’s annual banquet on May 18 in Rockland County.  

Watch a video of Superintendent Evans surprising the pair with the good news