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Nassau BOCES Awards Dr. Shari L. Camhi with Education Partner Award

Dr. Shari L. Camhi to be honored with Education Partner Award This April

This spring, Nassau BOCES will honor Dr. Shari L. Camhi, superintendent of schools, Baldwin Union Free School District (UFSD), along with other educators and organizations that have had a profound effect on public education in Nassau County.

The Nassau BOCES Education Partner Awards program pays tribute to outstanding community and business leaders, civil servants, government officials, nonprofit executives and volunteers, organizations, school administrators and staff, students, teachers and Nassau BOCES employees who have made a substantial impact on public education in Nassau County. During its 13-year history, the award program has honored more than 120 education partners. 

“Dr. Camhi continues to be an effective leader and superintendent in Baldwin. Her dedication to advance public education and student learning is greatly appreciated,” said Annie Doresca, president, Board of Education, Baldwin UFSD. “On behalf of the board, we are all delighted to see her receive such a well-deserved award and congratulate her on this honor.”

A strategic education partner with local school districts since 1967, Nassau BOCES created this program to recognize those who share its commitment to enabling students of all ages and abilities to achieve their maximum potential. This is the first Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award for Dr. Camhi. 

Dr. Camhi was appointed superintendent of schools with the Baldwin UFSD in 2014. Last year Dr. Camhi was named by Education Dive one of the ‘top five K-12 administrators to watch in 2018’ and in the spring of 2015, she was named a “New Superintendent to Watch” by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) as one of 25 superintendents selected nationwide for their efforts in technology and communication.

Dr. Camhi has overseen the creation of a state-of-the-art TV studio at Baldwin High School as well as collaborative and inquiry-based classrooms, called “Innovatriums,” in each elementary, middle and high school building. She has worked with her teaching and administrative staff to redesign classrooms to mirror learning spaces like those seen in industry, to foster entrepreneurial thinking and collaboration. In addition, Baldwin UFSD and Molloy College have undertaken a K-16 initiative called the New Media “Collaboratory” for which they were awarded a regional economic development grant, where Baldwin and Molloy faculty and students will interact and engage with each other and with local innovators in integrating current technology across multiple industries and create collaborative work spaces for entrepreneurs at the community level. 

Dr. Camhi is an active participant in the Long Island Consortium for Excellence and Equity (LICEE), which advocates practices to inspire equity for all learners. Her forward thinking has led to her election on the national governing board of The School’s Superintendent Association (AASA) and her appointments on the advisory board of the Center for Digital Education and the Commission on College and Career Readiness for the American Association of Community Colleges. She is also the chairperson of the Educational Telecommunications Service Committee for Long Island’s public television station. She has over 30 years of experience working in school districts in Long Island, New York State, and private industry. Dr. Camhi has presented at many national conferences and has published numerous articles on technology, leadership and innovation practices in education. 

“It gives us great pleasure to congratulate our 2019 Education Partner honorees,” Nassau BOCES Board President Eric Schultz said on behalf of the agency. “They are all extraordinary, sharing our commitment to creating safe and caring educational environments where all students can achieve their greatest potential. We are grateful for your support of our students and programs.”

This year’s honorees will receive their awards at a special gala hosted by the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.