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Teachers Honored With Harvard Club Distinguished Award

Pictured: Bellmore-Merrick Superintendent of schools Mike Harrington, Board trustee Gina Piskin, Rosemarie Zannino of Merrick Avenue Middle School, Helmut Schleith of Mepham High School and Board President Janet Goller.

Photo courtesy of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District

Two teachers in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District received the Distinguished Teachers Award from Harvard Club of Long Island for 2024.

Helmut Schleith, who is recently retired from John F. Kennedy High School, and Rosemarie Zannino, a teacher at Merrick Avenue Middle School, are among two of 10 teachers across Long Island’s 125 school districts to be honored with this distinction.

Each year, Harvard alumni across Long Island interview hundreds of Long Island seniors who have applied to Harvard College to hear about the talented, hard-working teachers who have inspired them. The Harvard Club values the teachers’ contributions to the accomplishments of these Long Island students, setting rigorous standards, modeling disciplined effort, and sharing their love of learning and joy in achievement.

The Harvard Club, in seeking to honor outstanding Long Island teachers, asked current Harvard undergraduates to nominate the middle and high school teachers who made the greatest difference to their lives.

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