Superintendent Named Educator of the Year

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Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas A. Stirling was named Educator of the Year by the Long Island Black Educators Association. For his years of educational service and accomplishments as superintendent of Valley Stream 30, Dr. Stirling was honored at LIBEAs annual recognition symposium on June 2.

LIBEA is a nonprofit organization devoted to furthering the academic success of the children from Long Island, particularly of African descent. LIBEA provides scholarships for graduating Long Island high school seniors and professional development and networking opportunities for its members. 

“The opportunities afforded to me in Valley Stream School District 30 have not been taken for granted,” noted Dr. Stirling in his speech on June 2. “We understand the importance of bridge building, the impact that words have on children and the value of education overall. We are proud of our accomplishments but more proud of what our children are able to do for themselves and the character each one is developing.” 

Continuing, Dr. Stirling expressed his thanks to LIBEA for recognizing his years in education. “I am honored and I am humbled,” he said. 
Board of Education Vice President Kenneth Cummings, who was in attendance for Dr. Stirling’s honor, added, “Dr. Stirling is a dynamic educator whose vision has led our school district to numerous successes. We are grateful for his experience, his poise and his love of education. On behalf of the entire Valley Stream 30 Board of Education, I congratulate him on this much deserved award.” 

Dr. Stirling has been at the helm of VS30 since 2012, when he was appointed by the board of education following an extensive search process. Prior to joining the district, Dr. Stirling served as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for the Port Washington Union Free School District. Previous to serving in Port Washington, Dr. Stirling held numerous administrative positions within the education field. He began his education career in 1985 as a business teacher within the White Plains City School District.

This is the second honor for Dr. Stirling this school year. Earlier this school year he was recognized by the Nassau County Executive Laura Curran on behalf of the Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs for spirited leadership, dedication and service to the community in the field of education.