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The Board of Directors of Phi Delta Kappa, Columbia University - Teachers College
 honored the achievements made by these 4 renowned educators.

100th Anniversary Awards Banquet
Celebrating 100 years at Columbia University

Honoring: Bonnie Brown - Carole Hankin - Judith Tarlo - Frank Nappi, Jr.

Terrace on the Park
52-11 111th Street in Flushing Meadow Park
Queens, New York 11368

May 28th 2008
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Superintendent of the Year 2008

Bonnie Brown

D75, New York City Department of Education

Bonnie Brown has been in Special Education for thirty years working with students with a wide range of cognitive, social and emotional challenges.  She has worked as a teacher, staff developer, Assistant Principal and Principal prior to her becoming Deputy Superintendent and now Superintendent. She has launched a career that focused not only on the instructional aspects of special education but over the years she honed her administrative skills by serving as Director of Personnel and Director of Operations for District 75 which serves 23,000 students. Her various positions in the district have afforded her the ability to see through a very unique lens. She knows the educational needs of her students but she also has knowledge of the infrastructure of the district as she has managed a budget that exceeds $500 million dollars. This skill set enables her to make informed decisions and lead the district with expertise and clarity of vision.


As the New York City Department of Education has initiated many changes in the past years, Ms. Brown has stood as a staunch advocate for District 75, its students and their families. She has partnered with national experts to train staff in best practices for students with autistic spectrum disorders, positive behavior supports, and web based technology to support professional development. Ms. Brown has made a personal commitment that D. 75 students and their families will have equity of access to educational programming, school building resources and extra-curricular activities. She truly believes she is the ďvoiceĒ in the Department of Education for those that have no ability to speak for themselves and she carries this responsibility with conviction, energy and a deep sense of pride that her students and their families have placed their trust in her.


Educator of the Year 2008

Carole Hankin

Superintendent, Syosset Central School District

Dr. Carole G. Hankin has been Superintendent of Syosset Central School District for the past nineteen years. The Syosset School District is recognized nationally as a model of excellence in public education. It is an award-winning suburban K-12 district with 7,000 students in 10 schools, 1500 employees, and a $175 million

Budget. Under her leadership, each of the districtís secondary schools has been named a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School. Syosset High School has a graduation and college attendance rate of 99 percent. The Syosset School District has received awards recognizing its arts in education program as the best in the entire country. This national award was given by the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education and National School Boards Association. She is a recipient of the 2003 Woman of Distinction in Education by the Town of Oyster Bay.

            She speaks on education at national conferences, writes a monthly column for Education Update, and often appears as an education expert for Fox News Channel. 

            Dr. Hankin has built a network of cultural partnerships for the Syosset School District. Currently, the district has partnerships with the Metropolitan Opera, The Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Columbia University Teachers College Spirit Music Program, the Museum of Natural History, Rockefeller University, the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Teatown Lake Reservation. Through these partnerships, students learn directly from professional musicians, artists, and research scientists.

            Dr. Hankin holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and two Masterís degrees and a Doctorate from Columbia University Teacherís College. In addition to her degrees, she earned a certificate from Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations and attended The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Directorsí Institute, Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration, Making Corporate Boards More  Effective, and the Yale University Graduate School of Management Seminar on Leadership.   She has permanent certifications as School District Administrator; School Administrator and Supervisor; Reading Teacher; Teacher of Special Education; Social Studies Teacher, Grades 7-12;  and Teacher of  Nursery, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-6.

            Dr. Hankin has been married since she is 18 years old to Dr. Joseph Hankin who holds a Doctorate from Teachers College and is President of Westchester Community College.  They have three children and nine grandchildren.

Principal of the Year 2008

Judith S. Tarlo

Principal, Bayside High School
New York City Department of Education


Currently, Judith Tarlo is completing her seventh year as Principal of Bayside High School in eastern Queens. Bayside is a comprehensive high school of 4,000 students well known for its established programs in Art, Vocal and Instrumental Music as well as its SMART Program, a selective program in and Science, Math, Research, Technology and Humanities Research. Presently Bayside High School has one of the largest CTT (Collaborative Team Teaching) programs in a New York City High School with a growing success rate for special education youngsters passing Regentsí courses as they pursue Regentsí diplomas.  It is also the home of the P811 Inclusion Program.  Baysideís rapid growth in register over the last several years can be attributed to its recognized stability and viability as a community high school. 

Prior to becoming a principal, Judith Tarlo served as part of the high school team at the Department of Education and later became the Deputy Director of Student Support Services, K-12 .  There she worked directly with guidance and support staff at every grade level in every school district in New York City and coordinated many services between the DOE and other city agencies. However, it was at John Jay HS in Brooklyn where she developed her skills as an educator and leader. To this day, she attributes her training and experience as a special education teacher with helping her develop the skills and understanding necessary to consider the needs and individuality of each learner, whether student or adult.  It was at John Jay High School that she also served as Assistant Principal of Pupil Personnel Services and developed the keen awareness of the need to support resiliency and perseverance in a caring school culture. 

The challenges and responsibilities of being a New York City principal have provided Judith with opportunities to develop professionally and expand her knowledge of instruction, equity in opportunity for all students, and adult learning.   Being principal has also affirmed her core values, especially developing a climate of mutual trust.  Largely by valuing and trusting others and their work, she has developed a collaborative community of student and adult learners at Bayside High School.  As the school has grown so has the opportunity for staff to assume greater leadership and responsibility. Joining her in her efforts at Bayside High School is a Cabinet of 12 Assistant Principals, 250 teachers and support staff, including an ever-growing contingent of teacher leaders who profoundly influence the learning lives of students. Visitors to Bayside High School comment on the respect, positive climate and evidence of student achievement found there. 

As a life-long learner, Judith has sought and been given several meaningful experiences, most importantly the collaborative relationships developed with other Principals.   In what was then Region 3, Judith was exposed to quality professional development when coached by Heart of Change in the Essential Elements of Instruction.   As a Cahn Fellow at Teachers College in 2005-06, she explored ways to expand learning for teachers within the traditional school day.  As a member of the National Staff Development Council, she has pursued her interests in using data to inform school based decision making and optimizing learning through greater understanding of how the brain functions.  Twice a presenter at NSDC conferences in 2006 and 2007, Judith has been selected to study in expert NSDC presenter Pat Wolfeís summer institute on learning and the brain.  Judith is a proud facilitator with the National School Leaders Network.  In this capacity she meets monthly with a group of NYC principals, lending support to build sustainability for their work. 

  Educated at SUNY Albany, New York University and City College, Judith Tarlo is a resident of Brooklyn where her two married sons attended public school. Judithís husband David is a teacher of Mathematics as is son Joseph.  Her son, Howard, who first touched a computer at PS 321 in Brooklyn, now manages all business applications for an investment bank in NYC. Daughters-in-law, Maggie and Toni are talented educators as well.  Judithís family has sustained and supported her at every turn over many years.


Lifetime Achievement Award

Frank Nappi, Jr.

Phi Delta Kappa

Representative,  Region H

Frank began teaching mathematics at Newtown High School in Queens in September 1958. He has been an adjunct Professor of mathematics at Nassau Community College since 1965. He has served as an Associate Professor at St. Johnís University in both the mathematics department and the education department. 

As a Captain in the United States Air force, he served as a meteorologist and chief forecaster at Dow AF Base in Bangor Maine serving the Strategic Air and Air Defense Command.  

He received BS in Mathematics from Queens College and a BS in Meteorology from Penn State University. He continued with a MS from Queens. He was studying towards his PH. D. in Mathematics at Adelphi University, but had to switch when his career path changed and he became Assistant Principal at Newtown High School. He switched gears and received a PD from St. Johnís University in Administration and Supervision. He has also taken postgraduate courses at Sam Houston College and the University of Illinois. 

After serving nineteen years as Assistant Principal, he was part of a special team of two educators assisting with high schools at risk. Frank was appointed principal of Long Island City High School and served there until 1994. He oversaw the construction of a new 124 million dollar High School on time and on budget. For the thirteen years he served as Assistant Director for High Schools for the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators in New York City. He also serves as the Math Department representative and on the Executive Board of the Adjunct Faculty Association of Nassau Community College. 

His interest in education encompasses his entire life. He has been a member of Phi Delta Kappa International for more than thirty five years. His home chapter is St. Johnís University. He served as Treasurer, President and Delegate, and remains active in his chapter, auditing its accounts each year. Frank was elected area coordinatior and subsequently, the District VI representative. In addition, he served as a facilitator at the PDK constitutional convention.  He currently serves as the Region Representative for Region H, and last year was elected by the PDK board to be a member of the PDK Educational Foundation Board of Governors.  

His first love is the teaching of mathematics, but he also loves to travel, especially by ship. He enjoys walking, working with computers and appreciates contact with his fellow human beings.


Frank is married to his lovely wife Sandy for forth-nine years. Sandy served as an elementary school teacher in NYC before retiring and becoming a librarian. They have one son, Robert an Administrative Judge for the US Pattern office. His lovely daughter-in-law Sarah is also a lawyer serving in Washington DC. His grandson Thomas Francis, who is eight years old and he is the apple of his grandparentís eyes. 


1950  Valedictorian at Public School 

1954  Outstanding Freshman AFROTC 

1955   Outstanding NCO AFROTC 

1958   CAT II Certificate awarded by AFROTC  

1983   Arnold  Taub Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to HSPA 

1984  Past Presidents Award for Phi Delta Kappa  St Johnís University 

1988  Educator of the Year- Italian Americans for Better Government of New York 

1989  Educator of the Year- Association of Teachers of New York 

1992  Award of Merit- Federation of Parents Clubs, District of Queens 

1995  Concerned citizens award from Dutch Kills Civic Association  

1996 Teacher of the Year ĖSt  Johnís University 

1997  Distinguished Alumni Honoree by the St Johnís University Alumni  

1998  Educator of the Year Ė Phi Delta Kappa St Johnís Chapter  

Proclamations for the City Council of NY and Legislature of NYS  

2002                                Award for Professional Excellence Adjunct Faculty Association of Nassau Community College



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