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Staff Members Recognized at Luncheon

It was a day for recognizing all the staff and faculty at Unadilla Valley Central School. All employees of the district were given certificates recognizing their respective years of service.

But three women who have served the district faithfully over the years were given special honors at the Oct. 9 Staff Appreciation Luncheon held at the school.

Christine M. Bieniek, who is in her 31st year with the district, received the Educator of the Year Award.

“I am very pleased, very excited,” Bieniek said after receiving the award.

Bieniek coordinated the CHOICES Program, which was a very successful career exploration internship program for students at the former New Berlin Central School District.

In 1994, she was one of 24 teachers selected statewide by the New York State Education Department to write 30 multiple choice and five short-answer questions that were pre-tested for the 1996 January Regents examinations. Bieniek was chosen based on her dedication and expertise in Introduction to Occupations.

In other accomplishments, she was an Athletic Association advisor; a FBLA advisor from 1987 to the present; senior honor society advisor from 2006 to present; girls varsity soccer coach from 1987 to 2010; a volleyball coach; Community Schools After-School Enrichment Program technology contact for the computer lab; active in the Supper Club; Technology Committee chairperson; and current UVFA president.

When Kathleen Proskine was first notified she was going to be the CSEA Employee of the Year Award, she almost turned it down.

“There are a lot of deserving people,” Proskine said after she received the award. “I am truly honored.”

Proskine, who is in her 23rd year with the district, is known for bringing a positive attitude to work and greets everyone with a smile in the morning.

She has been a census taker, an organizer with the Community Schools Enrichment Programs, a summer school teacher aide and CSEA secretary. In addition, she has been active with the morning program, Senior Social Supper Club, the Box Tops Program and is a Veterans Day Activity Organizer.

The winner of the Support Staff Member of the Year Award may have retired over the summer, but Donna Taylor is still a frequent visitor at the school. She said she bring her granddaughter to school every day.

“I love this place. I miss everyone,” Taylor said, after receiving her award.

In her 23-plus years of service to the district, Taylor served as secretary to the superintendent and district clerk.

Three successful Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund grants are among her many accomplishments. Those grants, worth more than $16,000, went toward modernizing and improving both the former New Berlin Central School District and the Unadilla Valley Central School District.

She also organized records management workshops for clerical staff to improve efficiency. Taylor served on a committee of Superintendents’ Secretaries/District Clerks of the DCMO BOCES Component Districts to organize and provide professional development opportunities for clerical staff.

Her other activities included the NYSSBA Workshop for District Clerk and Board Policy; assisting with the Senior Citizen’s Dinner by providing music and Organized Community for Baccalaureate, 2000-2015.

During her time in the district, Taylor was known as a role model and mentor for other staff members.

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