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HIGH SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHERS ARE RECIPIENTS OF TEACHER AWARDS FROM THE “LONG ISLAND COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES”

    After an extensive application and selection process, two of our high school Social Studies teachers have been chosen to be recipients of the following awards by the “Long Island Council for the Social Studies:”

Kelly Barry
Outstanding High School Social Studies Teacher Award

Elizabeth Burkhard
Outstanding Untenured Teacher Award

     Kelly Barry and Elizabeth Burkhard were both nominated by Doreen Gordon, Director of Social Studies and Business.  They will receive their awards at a special ceremony which will take place on Thursday, June 9th at the Marriot Melville Long Island.  They will be joined by family, friends, and colleagues.  Also, as winners of these awards, they will present at the 41st Annual LICSS Conference.
     Doreen Gordon said, in part, the following about Kelly Barry in her nomination letter, “Kelly is a passionate educator who has mentored and taught countless students and teachers with compassion and knowledge which has allowed many students to develop a love for history and the social sciences.   She plays key leadership roles in the instruction of history as a social studies teacher at Hauppauge High School.  Mrs. Barry is a reflective practitioner.  She is always searching for ways to improve and engage her students. She brings new and exciting opportunities to her colleagues and students. She is always excited to share her knowledge and expertise.  Kelly is committed to having students understand and enjoy history.”
     Doreen Gordon said, in part, the following about Elizabeth Burkhard in her nomination letter, “Liz is a passionate educator who has provided leadership in the instruction of history as a social studies and special education teacher at Hauppauge High School.  Liz is a leader who leads by example and is respected by students, parents and staff.  Students who are in Ms. Burkhard’s classes are fortunate to have a passionate and dedicated teacher.  Additionally, she makes strong positive connections with her students in the classroom and as a soccer and lacrosse coach.  Liz has allowed her students to have choice and voice in their education which has contributed to their greater engagement and understanding of history.”  
     After 29 years of awards, Kelly Barry and Elizabeth Burkhard are the first teachers from Hauppauge to receive these awards.  Only one other person from Hauppauge has received an award from the LICSS, and that is our Director of Social Studies and Business, Doreen Gordon, who received the “2015 Harry C. Charles Award LICSS Outstanding Social Studies Chair/Supervisor.”
     We congratulate Kelly and Elizabeth on these outstanding achievements!