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Friends of Education Awards

CASDA's Annual Awards and Friends of Education Dinner was held April 25, 2024 at Century House in Latham, 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 2024 Friends of Education Award Recipients are:

Lisa Kreutziger, Elementary School Building Secretary, Walter B. Howard Elementary School, New Lebanon CSD

Jeaneatte Alderman, Director of Transportation, and Rick Wagar, Head Mechanic, Berlin CSD

Pat and Eileen Maloy, Hudson Reads Volunteer Mentors, Hudson City CSD

Tara Bachner, BOE Member, Education Foundation Board Member, Youth Soccer Board Member, PTO Board Member, Coxsackie-Athens CSD

Bill Kiefer, Retired Elementary Teacher, and Eileen Kiefer, Retired Physical Education Teacher, Greenville CSD

Elizabeth Haynesworth, ELL Liaison/Social Worker, Mohonasen CSD

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