This Valley Stream District 13 trustee receives high honors for service


She’s left an indelible mark in Valley Stream’s public life and public education system. Valley Stream District 13’s Board of Education trustee Milagros Vicente was handed the prestigious N-New York State School Boards Association Outstanding School Board Service Award.

The state award spotlights current or former school board members who have shown exemplary commitment to education and community service.

Milagros Vicente, who took over former trustee Joseph DiSibio’s seat in 2016, has been a long serving member of the district school board and is the current president of the Valley Stream Central High School Board of Education. Prior to her storied service as trustee, Vicente is first and foremost, a dedicated mother, serving as a member of the Howell Road Parent Teacher Association and eventually receiving the PTA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Vicente’s advocacy extends beyond educational institutions. As the mother of a child with cerebral palsy, she has been actively involved in advocating for children with special needs, earning recognition from Nassau County with an Advocate Citation Award. She is a licensed childcare provider and graduate of Nassau Civilian Police Academy.

In addition to her work in education and special needs advocacy, Vicente is involved in various community organizations. She serves as the president of the Advisory Board of the Nassau County Office of Hispanic Affairs and is a cofounder of the Valley Stream Latino Society. Vicente also participates in the Police Commissioner’s Community Council and various other civic engagements.

“Milagros’ dedication to education, advocacy, and community service reflects the values of Valley Stream District 13,” said Superintendent Judith LaRocca. “We are proud of her accomplishments and grateful for her ongoing commitment to enriching the lives of students.”