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Plainview-Old Bethpage Teacher Receives “Distinguished Teacher of 2020” Award

It has been said that good teachers can inspire and imbue a lifelong love of learning in their students. Mary Lou O’Donnell of Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School does just that. O’Donnell has been named a “Distinguished Teacher of 2020” by the Harvard Club of Long Island. Later this year, at the annual University Relations Luncheon at the Harvard Club of Long Island Mary Lou, along with eleven other teachers, will be recognized for their outstanding and profound effect on students’ lives.

“We are pleased to see Mary Lou acknowledged with this prestigious honor,” said Dr. Lorna R. Lewis, Superintendent of Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District. “Her impact in transforming our research program and preparing tomorrow’s scientists has been far reaching, and she sets a standard for excellence in the field.”

Teachers receiving the “Distinguished Teacher of 2020” accolade were nominated by current Harvard undergraduate students and then selected by Harvard Club of Long Island board members. In addition to accepting the award, recipients will also be given a scholarship for a “Harvard experience.” The experience award will allow the winners to utilize Harvard University resources in order to enrich their teaching capabilities even further. Some resources available to the teachers include: meeting with faculty, visiting research laboratories, access to rare book archives and specialty museums, as well as enjoying visual and performance art. Ms. O’Donnell is the first teacher from the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District to be presented with this honor.


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