Kathleen McCay, a fourth-grade teacher at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, was named the fourth recipient of the Lakeland Central School District’s Mission Essential Recognition Award.

Rachelle Nardelli, school board vice president, and Dr. George Stone, schools superintendent, presented McCay with the award in a surprise ceremony held Tuesday, May 7, at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School. Recipients are given a specially designed pin and certificate. All winners will be recognized at the year-end Board of Education meeting in June.

“Ms. McCay is the type of teacher every parent hopes their child will have. She always goes above and beyond for the children and families she works with,” said Cristina Roncari, the parent who nominated Ms. McCay.

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The goal of the Mission Essential Recognition Program, which began in January, is to identify and recognize employees who, in their contributions and service to the District, exemplify the district’s mission, core beliefs, and vision. These individuals are “Mission Essential.”

Any district staff member, student and community member can nominate district employees for consideration using the online form (lakelandschools.org). A committee of district stakeholders meets monthly during the school year to consider all nominations and select that month’s honoree.