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PTA reception to honor those 'all in for Albany'

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 1, 2019) -- At a special reception on Friday, City School District of Albany PTAs will celebrate outstanding members of their school communities who go above and beyond for students.


The event will be held from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Italian-American Community Center on Washington Avenue Extension. Tickets are $45 each and may be purchased online. The deadline to buy tickets is 4 p.m. Tuesday.


The reception includes food, a DJ and a silent auction. Proceeds raised will benefit a college scholarship fund for Albany High School seniors.


This year’s honorees include:

  • Citywide: Bryan Cady, Dean Choudhri

  • Albany High School: Lawrence Bizzarro, Willie Dobbs, Kristen Haugh, John Sawyer

  • Abrookin Career and Technical Center: Venita Bostick

  • Albany International Center: Cheryl Brannock, Tim Brisley, Sue Rocco 

  • Albany School of Humanities (ASH): Elizabeth Baldes, Susannah Sheehan

  • Arbor Hill Elementary School: Gina Nichols

  • Delaware Community School: Mary Fadale, Jen Yoxthimer

  • Eagle Point Elementary School: Colleen Smith Lemmon, Greg Napierski

  • Edmund J. O’Neal Middle School of Excellence: Alyssa Zito-Pagan

  • Giffen Memorial Elementary School: Rita Floess, Andrew Hasty

  • Montessori Magnet School: Deb Conti, Marianne Leung

  • New Scotland Elementary School: Helen Martin, Jessica Sullivan

  • North Albany Academy: Tom Murley, Sandy Oberlander 

  • Pine Hills Elementary School: Lucy Gold, Kimberly Ruchel

  • Schuyler Achievement Academy: Mary Nolan, Michael-Aaron Poindexter

  • Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School: Jeena Madden, Heidi Sabatino

  • Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST): Stephanie Kelly, Marybeth Luetters

  • Tony Clement Center for Education: David Graham, John Walker

  • William S Hackett Middle School: Allison Griner, Suzanne Sorese, Kathryn Walsh


Thank you to these outstanding people who are all in for Albany!


The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves approximately 9,500 students in 18 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

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