Senator Martinez Honored for Contributions to Education

SAANYS presented New York State Senator Monica R. Martinez with its 2019 Champion for Education award at a reception in her honor on Monday, November 4, 2019 at the Irish Coffee Pub in East Islip.

A former assistant principal in the Brentwood Union Free School District in Suffolk County, New York, Martinez continues to demonstrate her passion for education and support of educators in her role as state senator. Among her many efforts is her recent procurement of long-needed funding in the state budget to support professional learning for New York State’s school leaders, particularly school principals and other building administrators.

School safety, student mental health, the increasing social emotional needs of our students, evolving standards, new federal requirements, and developing technologies represent just some of the growing demands on school administrators.

“Professional growth and learning is important for all professionals but particularly so for those charged with leading our schools and learning environments,” remarked SAANYS Executive Director Kevin Casey. “We applaud Senator Martinez for recognizing that, now more than ever, it is essential that our school leaders be provided with high-quality support as they help build a brighter future for New York’s students.”