Valley Stream Education News

Valley Stream District 30 recognizes staff at board meeting


The Valley Stream District 30 Board of Education meeting on May 20 was marked by significant achievements and celebratory moments. The evening began with a delightful performance by the Shaw Avenue Jazz Band, led by music teacher Brian Kalinowski, setting an inspiring tone for the meeting.

The board was pleased to grant tenure to three exceptional educators, recognizing their dedication and contributions to the schools:

  • Maureen Carrano, reading specialist, Clear Stream Avenue Elementary
  • Lauren Langtry, reading specialist, Shaw Avenue Elementary
  • Naomi Yochai, kindergarten teacher, Forest Road Elementary

These educators have demonstrated outstanding commitment to their students and have made significant strides in enhancing the educational experience at their respective schools.

The GATE process is a unique districtwide initiative designed to evaluate a teacher’s progress and reward outstanding educators with the opportunity to move to the next salary range. This meeting celebrated the progress of two more educators:

  • Ilissa Epstein, Quest/Enrichment teacher
  • Darlene Sinclair, third grade teacher, Shaw Avenue Elementary

Their dedication to fostering an enriching learning environment has been acknowledged through this advancement.

The board also confirmed the permanent appointment of Michael Deluca as the director of facilities & operations. Michael’s commitment to maintaining and improving the district’s facilities ensures a safe and conducive learning environment for all students.

The achievements highlighted at the meeting underscore Valley Stream District 30’s dedication to nurturing its students. By supporting educators and staff, the district ensures that students are well-equipped to meet the challenges of the future with confidence and competence.

“Our educators and staff are the cornerstone of our success in Valley Stream District 30,” said Superintendent Roxanne Garcia-France. “Their dedication, passion and excellence in teaching inspire our students to reach their highest potential. Through the GATE process and other initiatives, we are committed to fostering an environment where both educators and students can thrive as Global Leaders of Tomorrow.”