Faculty and Community

Massapequa High Schools Hall of Fame


Faculty and Community


  • Herbert J. Pluschau Physical Education Teacher, Superintendent of Schools

For outstanding achievement as a Teacher, Coach and School Administrator for the Massapequa Public Schools February 1953 to June 30, 1988. (Pioneer member Massapequa High School Department of Physical Education, Pioneer Varsity Basketball Coach, M.H.S. Guidance Counselor to Class of 1962, M.H.S. Vice Principal. 1967 to 1988. District Admin. Assistant, Assistant Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, Superintendent of Schools)

Commendations include: U.S. House of Representatives; New York State Senate; Town of Oyster Bay; Village of Massapequa Park; Massapequa Board of Education; Massapequa Parent Teachers: Massapequa Federation of Teachers; Hofstra University Phi Kappa Delta Educator “Man of Year Award” 1988.


  • Dorothy GodboldChairperson, Girls Athletics, Guidance Counselor

For outstanding achievement as a teacher, supervisor and organization specialist. (Senior H.S. Physical Education Chairperson who planned and organized the Girl’s P.E. program, Pioneer: Varsity Coach of Field Hockey; Basketball and Softball, Pioneer Supervisor of Summer Playground, Senior High school Guidance Counselor and Supervisor)

  • Siegfried Wachsmuth B.H.S. Teacher, Vice Principal, Principal

For outstanding achievement as a teacher, coach and administrator. (Teacher of Social Studies, J.H.S. Attendance Officer, Massapequa High School Varsity Baseball Coach County Championship Team, Pioneer Vice Principal of Berner High School, Principal of McKenna Jr. High School)


  • Wilma Diehl Teacher Director of Guidance, Asst. Supt. of Schools

For outstanding achievement as a Pioneer member of the Massapequa H. S. Faculty (Eastlake H.S. Guidance Counselor, District Director of Guidance, Assistant to the Superintendent for guidance and Community Relations, Assistant Superintendent of Special Services and Programs.) For exemplary service with many community and countywide organizations including the Massapequa Historical Society.

  • Constantine Ricci Teacher, Vice Principal McKenna, Principal Ames J.H.S.

For outstanding achievement as a teacher, coach and administrator. (Pioneer Coach of M.H.S.. Baseball, & J. V. Basketball, First V. Principal McKenna J.H.S., Principal Ames J.H.S., Member of the Superintendents Planning Committee, Consultant to District for the Berner Massapequa H.S. / Ames- McKenna J.H.S. merger of 1987. For exemplary support and service to Massapequa High School and the community.


  • William Eldard Teacher, Principal McKenna, Asst. Superintendent of Schools, William Eldard McKenna & District Administration

For outstanding achievement as a teacher and as a School Administrator. (Pioneer member of the Social Studies Department M.H.S. (@Eastlake), Principal of the Unqua School, McKenna Jr. High School, Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Curriculum) For exemplary service to the community. (Boy Scout leader, Reform Church Council, and many other community and school service organizations)

  • William O’Sullivan M.H.S. Faculty

For outstanding achievement as a Physical Education teacher, coach and attendance officer. (Pioneer teacher of Physical Education, Served as the first H.S. Coach of the Boys Track and Cross-Country program. Dean of boys, Massapequa High School) For exemplary service to the community. (Various extra curricular and church related service organizations)

  • Gustav Dopslaff Community Leader, Posthumous Award

For outstanding achievement as a community leader and exemplary community service (Vice President of Board of Education, Co-founder of the Massapequa Little League Baseball program, The Massapequa Babe Ruth Baseball program, Co-founder and first President of the Massapequa High School Dads Club)


  • J. Lewis Ames Pres. Board of Education

For extraordinary achievement and exemplary community service. He served as the school district’s attorney in 1952 and as a school board member from 1952 to 1979. He served as Board President from 1957 to1978. He provided significant leadership to the school district as it grew to become the 11th largest school district in the state. He also served as a Director of the New York State School Boards Association and the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association (including past president). He served Randolph-Macon College as a Trustee from 1955 to 1985. A practicing New York City corporate advertising attorney, he was a member on the national panel of the American Arbitration Association, past secretary to the Society of former Agents of the FBI and a member of the Nassau County Crime Commission (1973-1983).

  • Alex Baldwin Sr. Social Studies Teacher Rec. Supervisor, Coach of Rifle, Football Teams

For extraordinary achievement as a Teacher. (Social Studies Department, M.H.S. Coordinator of Recreation, Football Coach, Rifle Coach, Summer playground Director, Co Advisor Key Club, Class Advisor) For exemplary service to the community (Little League, Police Boys Club, Kiwanis Liaison, advisor to students)

  • Dr. Arthur Rohr Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Principal M.H.S.

Dr. Arthur Rohr Pioneer M.H.S. Principal Posthumous Award For extraordinary achievement as the Pioneer Principal of M.H.S. (Fairfield teacher, Principal of Fairfield, Principal of M.H.S., and Eastlake School, 1955-56 Principal M.H.S., Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Personnel) For exemplary service to the Community (Assisted in the organization of groups serving the youth of the Community).


  • Grace Anner Chief School Nurse

Posthumous Award For extraordinary achievement as the pioneer chief school nurse. As the District supervisor of nursing, she organized the Department of School Nurses and provided leadership as the school population grew from one elementary school of 600 pupils to the largest district in NassauCountyserving 17,100 pupils in 11 schools. For exemplary service to the community as a volunteer at NaplesCommunityHospital, after her retirement.

  • William Doherty M.H.S. Teacher of English/District Chairperson of English

The Chairperson responsible for the growth, continued development and coordination of the District’s Secondary English program. A strong believer in teacher rights. he was part of the organizing group that led to the recognition of the MFT. Viewed as a moderating force, he was respected by his peers, the administration and the Board of Education. Bill lead by positive example and supported educational experimentation and growth. “Striving for excellence in turbulent times” is part of his legacy. He is recognized as a true professional by all. For extraordinary achievement as a leader who contributed as a teacher and District coordinator.

  • Arnold Herman M.H.S. Social Studies Teacher

For extraordinary achievement as a teacher of social studies. Developed and taught the Contemporary Issues elective. Coach and advisor to many successful academic and extracurricular clubs including It’s Academic, and the M.H.S. Chess Club. Recipient of several “Teacher of the Year Awards”. For exemplary service to the community as Executive Director of the Massapequa Community Youth Council; Board of Directors of MADD; Big Brothers /Big Sisters program and the Recycling Center.


  • Donald Woodworth Principal A.G. Berner Senior High School

For extraordinary achievement and service to the Massapequa High Schools. M.H.S.. teacher of English and guidance Counselor. Mr. Woodworth was the Principal of Berner H.S. when it opened in January 1962 as a JR. H.S. In September of 1962, he greeted half of the freshman and sophomore classes from M.H.S.. He was responsible for organizing a cohesive faculty who met the challenge of “creating the spirit of the Bison’s” During his tenure Berner and sister school M.H.S.’ enrollments soared to over 3000 pupils. He was a valued member of the Superintendent’s Reorganization Committee, which planned and implemented the 1987 merger of the two schools.


  • Patricia Luchtenberg  Massapequa Board of Education Member

For extraordinary achievement and exemplary community service. Elected as a member of the Massapequa Board of Education. She served for nine years from 1984 to 1993. A President of the Massapequa Parent-Teachers Association Coordinating Council and a past president of Fairfield’s Parent Teachers Association. Is on the Board of Directors of Youth Environmental Services (YES), Jr./Sr. PTA Coordinating Council President, Girl Scout leader and member of the Massapequa Student Scholarship Fund.

  • Father Frank Pizzarelli

For extraordinary achievement as a clergy member who has served Massapequa and the greater Long Island community. The Founder of Hope House Ministries for the youth of Long Island. Father Frank has served the Massapequa community as a parish priest. He continues to work as a lecturer on drug and alcohol addiction at high schools throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Hope House operates seven projects including Hope Center Emergency Center for men and women and Siena House for pregnant girls. Father Frank is also an assistant professor at Suffolk Community College. He is regularly featured on the Catholic Hour, which is shown on Channel 25.


Frederick W. Keyes Assistant Superintendent of Schools

In 1953, Fred Keyes was assigned to MassapequaHigh School@ Eastlakeas a 9th grade science and part time attendance officer. In the 1954-55 school year he became the Vice Principal in charge of the 7th grade wing at HawthornElementary School. When the MerrickRoadHigh Schoolopened in September of 1955, Mr. Keyes was the Vice Principal in charge of 7th, 8th, and 9th grade pupils. His first principal’s assignment was at the ParksideSchool (Ames). He was appointed to serve as Dr. Raymond J. Lockhart’s Administrative Assistant. Two years later he became Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Curriculum. He designed the District Pupil Achievement Monitoring System. Pupil test results on standardized test examinations were in place in Massapequa prior to many of the New YorkStatetesting programs. He also pioneered the district’s enrollment project that provided invaluable information in the era of rapid community growth. Many of his methods are still utilized today.


Carol Baldwin

For extraordinary achievement as a parent and advocate for women: Carol and husband Alex‘s six children have each achieved in their chosen endeavor. Film stars Alec, Bill, Danny, Stephen and their sisters Beth and Jane have continuously supported their mother’s efforts in raising awareness and funds for the battle against breast cancer: Founder of the Carol M. Baldwin Fund for Cancer Research: Since its inception in 1996, the fund has raised 2.3 million dollars, with 99 % of the funds going to Stony Brook University Hospital for research. For exemplary community service to her home away from home: originates and coordinates community fundraising programs in the Syracuse New York area.

William LaMarca

For extra ordinary achievement as a community leader and jurist. Board of Education Finance Committee; Massapequa Schools Board of Education for 11 years; A member of the 1985 Board that planned and adopted a long range school facilities utilization and refurbishment plan; Served as President of the Board in the 90s that was faced with a 6 million dollar loss of state aid requiring cut backs in services while retaining the core curriculum:. Under his leadership, the Board adopted phase two of the refurbishment project and received community support for a 49 million dollar bond issue; President of the Massapequa Chamber of Commerce; President of the Rotary Club of Massapequa and served as pro-bono council to the Massapequa Fire Department’s Bell Tower Project; Practiced law for 30 years and served as an arbitrator in the Nassau County District Court; Elected to New York Supreme Court, 10th Judicial District sitting in Mineola, NY.

Nicholas Verini

For extraordinary achievement as a Massapequa High School teacher of chemistry and M.H.S.. varsity basketball coach: Recognized for his meticulous attention to individual students and promulgating excellent student achievement. With colleague Tom Amendola, M.H.S. seniors achieved Advanced Placement and Regents scores that established the benchmark for current standards. M.H.S. varsity coach of basketball from 1974 to 1987 winning a Nassau County title in 1977 and Division titles in 1977 and 1979. A member of SUNY Potsdam Athletic Hall of Fame. For exemplary community service: he and his wife Cindi (a Birch Lane elementary school teacher) participated in various community and church related activities with their children and have continued to support and stay active in Massapequa school related programs.


Donald Lang

For extraordinary achievement as a Varsity Baseball Coach and Elementary Classroom Teacher. Coach Lang was the first and only Varsity Baseball Coach at the Berner High School (1964 to 1987) He joined the Carmen Road elementary classroom teaching staff in 1958. He served as JV Baseball Coach at Massapequa H.S. until Berner H.S. opened in September of 1962. He was appointed Varsity Baseball Coach in the Spring of 1963 fielding a team comprised of 10th and 11th grade players. He continued in the position until Berner closed in June of 1987. He than returned to M.H.S. as the Varsity Coach for players from both school. He retired from coaching and teaching in 1989 amassing over 400 career victories. He was named County Coach of the year in 1965, 1974, 1976, 1977. His teams won the Nassau County championship in 1971 & 1977. The 1977 team went on to win the Long Island Championship. During his tenure he was awarded numerous Sportsmanship Citations. Don & his wife Mary (a retired Birch Lane Kindergarten Teacher) live in Farmingdale. Their four children and nine grandchildren visit frequently.

James Kovacsik

For extraordinary achievement as a member of the Massapequa High School community. James Kovacsik, a resident of Massapequa for 53 years and retired TWA airplane mechanic, has served the high school as a security monitor for 17 years and has just celebrated his 85th birthday. His service goes beyond security for Jim Kovacsik walks the hallways and sidewalks for he has established close relationships with both faculty and students. Affectionately known as “Coach K”, he has been an ardent supporter of the Chiefs sports program as well as a guest lecturer in social studies and English classrooms throughout the district. He lectures on the past so effectively that community groups have invited him as a guest speaker as well. His collection of memorabilia and his expertise on the history of Massapequa and Long Island as the “cradle of aviation” captures the imagination of young and old alike. Coach K’s “History of Aviation” is a valued addition to the Massapequa School District’s website.

Godfrey Bellavigna

For extraordinary achievement as a teacher and principal. After receiving his B.A. from New Paltz, he served as a elementary teacher in Spring Valley, NY. During this three year period he completed his Masters Degree at New York University. He joined the Massapequa District staff in 1953 as a sixth grade teacher at theUnqua School. In 1957 he was appointed as a Curriculum Supervisor and one year later he became the Unqua School Principal. In his 32 years of service Unqua School grew from 750 pupils to a peak enrollment of 1821 pupils in 1970. Upon his retirement in 1985 Unqua enrolled 521 K -12 pupils. The Bellavigna’s became residents of the community in 1955. Their children Peter and Emily attended Unqua, McKenna J.H.S and graduated from A.G. Berner High School. He was a Leader of Boy Scouts of America, Troop 660. Mr. Bellavigna was also a charter member and a church elder of the Massapequa Reform Church. Professionally, he was an active member of the Nassau County Principals’ Association, a member of the Phi Delta Kappa and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He and his wife Joan live in Seven Lake West End, NC.


  • Joan DeNigris

For extraordinary achievement as a teacher of physical education and high school varsity coach of girls track at Berner High School. Joan is also recognized for her contribution as Berner and Massapequa High School attendance supervisor. She has been honored by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance on both the local and state levels. Joan formulated and implemented a coed curriculum for all students on the secondary level. She organized and coached four sports at the high school level. She earned her Masters in Guidance and Counseling at Hofstra University. She served as attendance officer at Berner and finished her career as head of attendance at Massapequa High School. Joan was an active Massapequa volunteer for the St. Rose Outreach Program, the Massapequa Historical Society annual fairs and is an active member of the Massapequa High Schools Hall of Fame. Joan served as the chairperson of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee for seven years. After retiring, she relocated and is currently living in Naples Fl.

Robert Elder

For extraordinary achievement as a teacher. Bob Elder was appointed to the Unqua Elementary School Staff in 1954. He retired in 1991 after some 37 years of exemplary service. In 1957 he became the first J.V. Soccer Coach at MHS. In 1971 he and other local soccer enthusiasts formed the Massapequa Soccer Club. Elder served as the group’s first treasurer for seven years. Since his retirement in 1991, he has been fully involved in service to the community. He is an usher and greeter at St. Rose of Lima Church at Sunday mass, religious holy days and funerals. He is also a trustee at St. Rose. In 2001, when Elder was Board Director of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the Town of Oyster Bay honored him with its Senior of the Year Award for his fundraising project. Specifically, he has collected 1.6 million nickels for St. Rose’s Outreach program since 1991. Elder recently received the Catholic Charities’ Caritas Award. Bob and his wife Janet, a retired Unqua School nurse, are residents of Massapequa. Their four children (Peter, Margaret, Robert Jr. and Mary Kay) are all doing well.

Alan Maher

For extraordinary achievement as a Teacher, K-6 Supervisor and Elementary Principal. Alan Maher first joined the district as a sixth grade teacher at Hawthorn School. In 1958, he was appointed curriculum supervisor at Unqua and became Principal of Birch Lane in 1984. During the years at Massapequa, Mr. Maher was active in research curriculum development projects. He was research director for the district: in mathematics, individualized language arts, and study skills. He has been a member of the Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, the National Society for the Study of Education He holds memberships in the National Council of Measurement in Education, American Educational Research Association, International Reading Association, Orton D Society and Phi Delta Kappa.. He has coached soccer at the college, high and youth level. He has written many articles and is the author of two books on soccer. He and is wife Angela, a retired Kindergarten teacher, reside in Massapequa Park. They have two children, Angel, son Christopher and six grandchildren. They are active members of the Massapequa community and St. Martins Church.


Pauline Koller

For extraordinary achievement as a Massapequa Public Schools teacher and administrator from 1964 to 1998. In her 20 years of service at McKenna Jr. High School she taught social studies and was class and GO advisor. Ms. Koller was highly respected by students, parents and fellow teachers for her high level of expertise and involvement in all aspects of the school program. She served as MHS Vice Principal for 14 years. She was one of two administrators who implemented a new state of the art computer student scheduling/grade reporting program. She served with distinction on the Superintendent’s Merger Committee implementing plans to welcome Berner students to the combined Massapequa High School in 1987. She and Principal James Maloney teamed with VP Bo Wernersbach to organize the MHS Hall of Fame. After retirement, she served as Coordinator of Instruction for the Pastoral Formation Institute in the Rockville Centre Catholic Diocese. Currently, she is a volunteer staff member, coordinating Adult Faith Formation, at St. Martin’s Church in her home town of Amityville. She also volunteers at Christa House, West Babylon, a hospice style program for terminal victims of AIDS and for the dying poor on Long Island.

Jamie Bogenshutz

For extraordinary achievement and exemplary service to the community. Ms Bogenshutz is a licensed/certified social worker, a certified substance abuse counselor and a board certified diplomat and expert in the field of traumatic stress response. Her professional career is marked by her tenure at YES Community Counseling Center, a community based organization serving children and families, where she has been the Executive Director since 1980. She is an adjunct professor at Adelphi University School of Social Work, and a certified trainer/consultant for the Teacher Effectiveness Institute. Jamie was a Girl Scout leader for 11 years and a Police Athletic League softball coach for over ten years. Her community memberships include: board membership of the Massapequa Chamber of Commerce; the Nassau Shores Civic Association, and the Massapequa Takes Action Committee. She has received the Town of Oyster Bay Woman of Distinction Award, the Friend of Education Award from the Farmingdale School District, the David Kadane Advocacy Award from the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, the David Schector Memorial Award from the United Way of Long Island, and the Massapequa PTA Lifetime Membership Award. She lives in Massapequa with her husband, Rick, and daughters, Emily and Jessica.

Gene and Lillian Rumfield Bryson

For extraordinary community service. Lillian Rumfield Bryson, a fourth generation Massapequan, is the oldest living continuous resident of Massapequa Park. Gene Bryson, a native of Amityville, has lived here since their marriage 59 years ago. They have served the community for many years by volunteering for numerous organizations. In 1948, Gene joined the Massapequa Fire Department. He became captain of the drill team, rose in rank to captain of Company Two, and was a member of the Board of Fire Commissioners. Still active, he currently serves as MFD chaplin. Gene is also a trustee of the Delancey Floyd-Jones Library, as was Lillian. They are founding members of the Historical Society of the Massapequas and were instrumental in assembling the Old Grace Church historic complex on Merrick Road. Lillian is a well known local historian who authors research articles for the Society newsletter. She routinely serves as a source for local historians, authors and museums. Both act as docents for the society, dressing in Native American garb for hundreds of school children, scout groups and adults. They served on the Vestry of Grace Episcopal Church. Gene has served on the Massapequa Park Village Planning Commission since 2000. Lillian, the former Village historian. completed a five year term on the Zoning Board of Appeals. Their children, Barry Bryson and Lisa Bryson-Brockmann, and two of three grandchildren live in Massapequa Park.


Arlene Martin

For exemplary service to the community. Arlene Martin has devoted over 35 years to the children of Massapequa. After an 18-year career as an elementary school teacher at Birch Lane, she served as the Director of the Massapequa Teacher Center for 10 years. During this time, she was an AFT Educational Research Trainer, served on the Cornell U. Extension Board’s Advisory Committee and was Chairperson of the Long Island Network of Teacher Centers. After retirement, Arlene has been an Adjunct Instructor at Molloy College for the past thirteen years. She was elected to the Board of Education and served as President for seven of her nine years on the Board. Martin was named The Town of Oyster Bay Women of Distinction in Education in 2006. She serves on the Pastoral Council and other committees at St. Williams RC Church. Arlene and her husband, Tom, have lived in Massapequa for 50 years and have three children and four grandchildren.

Shirley Lenker

For exemplary service to the community. Shirley Lenker began her teaching career in the late 50’s as a Pioneer MHS Physical Education teacher. She than completed her certification as a School Librarian and transferred to the MHS Library Department in the 1970’s. Whether in the gym or in the second floor library, the job was always about her pupils. She was respected by a broad spectrum of the student population, parents and fellow teachers. They recall that she was demanding but fair in all of her teaching endeavors. After the advent of the Taylor Law, she rose to a leadership position in the Massapequa Federation of Teachers. Her sense of the greater community is apparent in her work for the Massapequa Hall of Fame. As a Director of the Hall of Fame and a member of the Selection Committee, she has provided the institutional memory that is invaluable.

James Maloney

For exemplary service to the community. Jim began his forty-year career in education as a Business Department teacher at Bishop Ford H.S. In 1967, he was appointed chairperson of the department, and in 1969, he became the Dean of Students at the Brooklyn School. In 1974, he joined the Massapequa High School staff. Maloney has served with distinction as a Vice Principal and Principal of Massapequa High School. Each of his three decades during his tenure presented different challenges. He guided a strong group of chairpersons and faculty members in the quest for excellence. His leadership efforts in the High School merger of ‘87 were commendable. The Berner community was welcomed back and the combined student population achievements improved measurably. An advocate of the open – door policy, his ability to diagnose the needs of pupils and colleagues alike was recognized by all. Jim and his wife, Bonnie, reside in Garden City and spend winters in South Carolina. Jim’s children, Maura, Michael, and granddaughter, Kathryn Anne, and stepdaughter, Christa, all reside in the NYC area.


Cynthia Krieg

For extraordinary achievement as a teacher, school library media specialist and coordinator of libraries. She began her career as a social studies teacher at Berner High School. After earning her MLS, she served the students and staff at McKenna J.H.S., Berner High School and MHS. She was honored by the Palmer Library School as a leading school librarian on Long Island. Since retirement, she has served on theSalvation Army Advisory Council, is a Landmarks Commissioner for the Village of Freeport. the Village Historian, president and curator of the Freeport Historical Society, and an active member of Operation SPLASH (Stop Polluting Littering and and Save Harbors.) She also works as a reference librarian at the Freeport Memorial Library. She has been honored for her civic leadership by the Rotary and the Salvation Army. In April 2010, she was presented with the Citizen of the Year Award by the Freeport Chamber of Commerce.

Frank J. Flood, Jr

For extraordinary achievement in Health and Environmental Engineering. After receiving his degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College, he received his Masters from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He worked for the Nassau County Departments of Health and Public Works where he served as the Director

of Environmental Engineering until he retired in 1992. He has provided exemplary service to the community as a Massapequa Water District Commissioner since 1995 and as Chairman of the Board from 1999 to present. He has been very involved in civic service [1975-1995], serving on the Massapequa Park Village as a Village Trustee and Deputy Mayor and member of the Planning Commission. He is an Ordained Deacon [1994] and a parishioner at the St. Rose of Lima Parish. He and his wife, Maureen, have lived in Massapequa

John Devine

For extraordinary achievement serving the community an the nation. A decorated United States Marine who lost his right leg in Vietnam at the age of 19, John has been extremely active in both the National Amputation Foundation and the Disabled American Veterans. Naturally athletic, John has skied in Utah, made a hole-in-one in Pennsylvania, and bowled a perfect game. John has devoted a considerable amount of his time encouraging other disabled individuals to get involved in sports. John has been the chair of the Annual LI Amputee Golf Classic for the past 13 years for the Eastern Amputee Golf Association and has attended adapted ski clinics for disabled individuals in Colorado since 1998. John recently added hand cycling to his list of sporting accomplishments and has represented the Achilles Track Club in 14 marathons. In his spare time, John routinely visits soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital who have lost limbs in recent conflicts. John and his wife Carolyn, have raised two daughters, Kimberly and Susan.


Shelly Weinrib

For extraordinary service to the community. He was a Mathematics and Hebrew teacher at Berner High School/Massapequa High School for 35 years. His approach was a holistic approach, and he not only provided rigorous instruction in Mathematics, but rather sought to educate the whole child. He was a positive influence for students at both the highest and lowest achievement levels. Shelly was Co-Founder and leader of R.A.P.S. (Rational Approach to Problem Solving). This after-school activity sought to help students dealing with thoughts of suicide, sexuality, alcoholism, drug dependence, and other physical or mental problems. Hebrew Teachers were in short supply but Shelly came to the district’s assistance and taught a multilevel Hebrew class. In this capacity, he provided valuable outreach to the local temple congregations. For 20 years, he served as a beloved class advisor for senior fairs, proms and other student activities. He also ran the Sunshine Club for the Math Dept. which handled such things as gifts for weddings, mass cards for wakes, et cetera. Shelly now resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and has 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren.

Dr. Robert Bruce Bergmann

For extraordinary service to the community. A local physician for over fifty (50) years, he was a member of the Board of Education for 9 ½ years and served as President for 6 years, during the critical transitional era of declining enrollment and the economic decline period of the Carter presidency. Stringent zero growth budgeting was required at the local and state level. His fellow Board members were Vice President Joan McMullin, Harold Nelson, Cletus J. Zinsmeister, David Hegarty and J. Lewis Ames. Dr. Bergmann is currently serving as a member of the School Save Committee. He served the Massapequa community as a Director of the Massapequa Student Fund, a Boy Scout leader, a Merit Badge counselor and a Funding Director of the Massapequa YMCA. Dr. Bergmann also served on the School Board Finance Committee, the St David’s Lutheran Church Council and a sponsor of the Massapequa Symphony. He has received the Lifetime Distinguished Service Award from both the Nassau County Medical Society and the N.Y. State Ophthalmological Society. Dr Bergmann is a Past President of the Nassau County Medical Society and Past President of the Nassau County Academy of Medicine. Dr. Bergmann and his late wife Beryl came to Massapequa in 1955. Their four children, Barbara, Bruce, Peter and Paul are all graduates of the district.

Arthur Cohen

For extraordinary service to the community. Mr. Cohen provided dedicated service to McKenna J.H.S., M.H.S., Berner Middle School and Ames 9th grade pupils for 33 years. As an advocate for women’s safety, with the assistance of Superintendent Dr. James Brucia, Arthur conducted a training program and provided materials to enable the female physical education teachers to provide safety training for the entire female student population. He worked with Y.E.S. as a trainer for the staff and people in need. He continued his education expertise as an Adjunct Professor for special safety programs at Alfred and Norwich Universities and College at St Rose. He has created over 40 safety programs including “Become Streetwise for Women” and a safety program for seniors. A recognized seventh level martial arts expert, Arthur became a speaker at law enforcement conferences in the late 80’s. He has received multiple awards for self defense tactics. He is listed in “Who’s Who in Law Enforcement Trainers”, “Who’s Who in Karate” & “Who’s Who in American Martial Arts” on more than one occasion. Arthur and his wife Nurith now reside in Florida. They have three daughters, Penny, Heidi and Daphne.

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