Current "Mission Essential"
Kathleen McCay, a fourth grade teacher at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, was named the fourth recipient of the Lakeland Central School District’s Mission Essential Recognition Award.
Board Vice President Rachelle Nardelli and Superintendent Dr. George Stone presented McCay with the award in a surprise ceremony held May 7 at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School. Recipients are given a specially designed pin and certificate. All winners will be recognized at the year-end Board of Education meeting in June.
“Ms. McCay is the type of teacher every parent hopes their child will have. She always goes above and beyond for the children and families she works with,” said Cristina Roncari, the parent who nominated Ms. McCay.
The goal of the Mission Essential Recognition Program, which began in January 2019, is to identify and recognize employees who, in their contributions and service to the District, exemplify the district’s Mission, Core Beliefs, and Vision. These individuals are “Mission Essential.”
“We recognize and appreciate that the Lakeland Central School District is rich with talented and dedicated employees. EVERY staff member has an important role, responsibility and stake in the safety, security and success of our students.”
Any district staff member, student and community member can nominate district employees for consideration using the on-line form. A committee of district stakeholders meets monthly during the school year to consider all nominations and select that month’s honoree.
“Margaret has a strong sense of accountability and she strives to help students meet their PT goals in order that these students will be able to fully access their education, community and home,” added Kalbfell.
Her work extends beyond the school day and has included running an after school fitness program for middle school and high students and creating an after-school yoga program at the middle school and George Washington ES . In return, she only asks for a donation which is then given to a charitable cause within the district.