The 2017 NYSAEOP Administrator of the Year is Michael K. Ginalski, Superintendent of Schools for the Corning-Painted Post Area School District. He is a Southern Tier native, growing u[ in Elmira where he attended Southside High School. He attended Mansfield University for his undergraduate and graduate education and earned his CAS in Education Administration from SUNY Cortland. He is certified as a School District Administrator in New York State and certified in Special Education and Elementary Education in both New York and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Ginalski began his education career in 1987 as a Special Education teacher at Broad Street School in Horseheads. He joined the Corning-Painted Post Area School District in June 1999 as an Assistant Principal at West High School. In July 2001 he was appointed Principal at West High School. From June 2005 through December 2007 he served as the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction.
The highlight of Mr. Ginalski’s career to date was being named the Superintendent of the Corning-Painted Post Area School District in December 2007. In that time he feels extremely lucky to work for such a great Board of Education and to have such a dedicated group of people working in the trenches with kids. Everyone in the entire organization is committed. That is a source of great pride to him.
Mr. Ginalski also wanted to share with everyone that one of the secrets to his success is that he has had many great and productive Administrative Assistants throughout his career.
Mr. Ginalski has been called an awesome leader by his staff. They have stated he is down to earth, allows them to feel comfortable and is available to them 24 hours a day. He listens and he looks forward to the feedback and questions. He has an open door policy. With all of this he still finds time to participate in many community projects and activities that are not related to schools.
Those of you who attended the 2015 NYSAEOP Annual Meeting and Conference in Corning may remember meeting Mr. Ginalski, as he was happy to accept the invitation to come and speak at the first evening’s dinner, welcoming all of us to the area. At that time, we got to see first-hand what an amazing superintendent he was and that he was clearly supportive of the educational office professionals in his district. Following that year’s conference, he welcomed the idea and totally supported a Professional Staff Development Day for the Corning-Painted Post District in conjunction with NYSAEOP. It was a great day of learning and networking for those educational office professionals in attendance.
Thank you to Maria Drake, CEOE, and Karen Dutcher for nominating Mr. Ginalski for this award and special honor.
Unfortunately, Mr. Ginalski was not able to be in attendance at the Awards Banquet to accept his award. Maria, Karen and Tammy Townsend agreed to accept his award for him and to share some of their experiences of working for such an exceptional administrator. Thank you ladies for the very kind words you used while speaking about Mr. Ginalski.
The 2017 NYSAEOP Office Professional of the Year is Sadie Blauvelt, CEOE. She began her career as an Educational Office Professional in September 1992 when she began in the Special Education department at Oswego County BOCES, where she worked for 18 years before going to Mexico High School in the Mexico Central School District, taking a position working in the Assistant Principal’s office on August 31, 2010.
The move to Mexico High School was a huge change for Sadie. While at BOCES she worked in an office with no stu-dents, while now she sees and deals with many students on a daily basis, for both positive and disciplinary reasons. She is vital to the many changes and challenges that the Assistant Principal’s office deals with throughout the day.
Sadie is very outgoing and loves being busy. In addition to her career as an Education Office Professional, she is also a leader for the After School Program and works part time at Kinney’s Drug in the pharmacy.
Sadie is active in her local associations and is the president of both the Educational Office Professional staff at Mexico School District and the Oswego County Association of Educational Office Professionals. She has been a member of NYSAEOP since 2014 and currently serves on the board as the NAEOP PSP State Chairman for NYSAEOP. She is also a member of NAEOP and received her Associate Degree, Option II, PSP Certificate, as well as the distinction of Certified Education Office Employee, in 2015.
Sadie resides in Lacona, New York. She feels very lucky and blessed that her son, Jamie, and daughter-in-law, Taylar, and new granddaughter, Raegan Evelyn, who was born this past July 4th, live very close to her. She is the youngest in her family, of which she has three brothers and one sister.
We are very proud of Sadie for all of her accomplishments. Sadie shared with NYSAEOP Immediate Past President Doreen Berrios-Castillo how honored she was to receive this prestigious award. The only thing that made it even more special was the location at which she was receiving the award. She has spent many years traveling the St. Lawrence River with her family throughout her lifetime. She felt in her heart that those who were no longer here with her or couldn’t be there that evening still shared with her this very special moment, looking down on her and smiling. Her love of life, the outdoors and the water makes Sadie the very special person that she is. Congratulations again Sadie!
Thank you to Jackie Flood for nominating Sadie for this award and special honor.
Kevin Every lives in Endwell, NY. He graduated from the Union-Endicott High School in Endicott.. While in high school he played football and was also on the indoor track team. He also played on the CYO basketball team. He was a member of SADD and YESLeads (talking to elementary students about drug abuse). He participated in The Squad (working with the Minority Men’s Group from Binghamton University that serve as mentors for high school students).
Kevin is attending St. John Fisher College in Rochester, majoring in Business Administration. He is hoping to one day be the general manager of a sports franchise. Kevin was sponsored by Lynn Shady and the Broome-Tioga Association of Educational Office Professionals.
Kevin has been chosen to be sponsored by NYSAEOP for NAEOP/s Marion T. Wood Student Scholarship.
Anthony Granite lives in Staten Island, NY. He graduated from Xaverian High School in Brooklyn. While in high school he played varsity baseball. He was also in the Young Republicans Club, the Art Club, and the Clipper Society. He volunteered for Toys for Tots at the 79th Precinct, along with National Night Out sponsored by the NYPD. He has also volunteered for the Xaverian Baseball Camp and the St. Patrick Catholic Academy Basketball Program. He participated in an internship at the Colabella Accounting Firm.
Anthony is attending Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, majoring in Business Administration in Accounting. His goal is to become a Certified Public Accountant. Anthony was sponsored by Cathy Eberle (New York City Department of Education).
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