Island Park School District presents 20th annual SOAR awards
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“Mrs. Garfield is described in numerous classroom observations as having a warm, patient and caring manner with all her students,” Bovino said. “She makes it a priority to keep everyone informed and works to find solutions to situations before they become problems.”
While working in the district, Garfield earned her Master’s degree from Adelphi University and received her permanent certification in special education, and she has received many commendations on her performance in the classroom.
“She is respectful of the different ability levels and cultures of her students,” Bovino continued. “In addition, Mrs. Garfield is consistently outstanding as a communicator with parents and administrators.”
Varrichio began working in the district in 1986 as a monitor at the main entrance of the middle school, until, in 1993, she began working in the Business Office, where her main duties are to greet and direct visitors and to manage the main telephone switchboard. This year, Varrichio has had to take charge of the implementation of the district’s new fiber optic phone system, transferring old numbers and assisting with the creation of automated messages.
Bovino said that Varrichio is also a talented proofreader and is recognized and loved by many of the families in the district.
“Finally,” Bovino added, “I would be remiss if I did not mention how grateful I am to Mrs. Varrichio for her calm and caring manner and her level of commitment to the children and parents of Island Park that goes far beyond what is expected of her. Mrs. Varrichio is a counselor, detective, confidante and real-time GPS navigator, par excellence.”