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South Country teacher recognized for securing grant

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During its May 22 meeting, the South Country Board of Education recognized Frank P. Long Intermediate School teacher Kaitlyn Cutrone for securing a $21,000 New York State Connect Kids grant that allowed the entire fifth grade class to participate in a unique experience at Wild Play at Jones Beach at no cost to the district. For her hard work, Cutrone was presented with a certificate of recognition.

Date Added: 5/31/2024

South Country educator earns doctorate

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Mary Pettit, an educator at Frank P. Long Intermediate School in the South Country Central School District, has earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership for Diverse Learning Communities from Molloy University.

Dr. Pettit is a veteran educator with over two decades of experience dedicated to enhancing education and supporting student success. She earned her B.A. in psychology and elementary education from Roger Williams University, followed by an M.S. in education, specializing in special education and literacy, from Dowling College.

Since 1998, Dr. Pettit has taught grades one through five, showcasing her adaptability and versatility. Her educational philosophy embraces the evolving nature of the field, demonstrated by her pursuit of National Board Certification in literacy in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She received recognition for scholarly contributions at conferences like the Third International Conference on Literacy, Culture, and Language Education and she was acknowledged as the first recipient of the Sandra A. Morris-Aarons Alumni Scholarship Award.

Outside of education, Dr. Pettit actively engages in the literary community through her popular book blog and participation in bestselling-author advanced reader review teams, reflecting her passion for literature and lifelong learning.

“Her impact on education and her dedication to student success embody the spirit of a lifelong learner and compassionate educator, leaving a lasting impression on everyone she encounters,” said Frank P. Long Principal Stefanie Rucinski.

The district congratulates Dr. Pettit on this impressive accomplishment.

Date Added: 5/16/2024