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Friends of Education Awards

CASDA's Annual Awards and Friends of Education Dinner was held April 20, 2023 at Franklin Terrace Ballroom, Troy, NY



Strong school communities also benefit immeasurably from the contributions of staff members, community members and parents who support your schools and offer opportunities for enrichment beyond the classroom. To acknowledge the important work of these individuals, CASDA established the Friends of Education Award to recognize individuals whose selfless dedication supports and sustains the school community.


In the past, awards have been given to individuals in recognition of the wide array contributions they have made to their school, students and community. Recipients have included an individual who organized food backpack programs to address student hunger, dedicated volunteers involved with after school reading programs and a facilities director who worked with students to implement gender neutral bathrooms, to describe a few. While these efforts may not be reported on a state school report card, they enrich the lives of students and reflect education’s highest ideals.

The 2023 Friends of Education Award recipients are as follows:

Rachel Turetsky, Berlin

Dr. Tammy Ellis-Robison, Capital Region

Lisa Dolan, Hudson City

Nancy Sposito, Menands

Anne Ford, Menands

Melissa Goard, Mohonasen

Val Falco, New Lebanon

Merry Lanthrop, New Lebanon

Beth Miles, Shenendehowa

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