PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- The Port Chester, Rye Brook, Rye Town Council of Community Services honored longtime district educator and current Assistant Superintendent of Port Chester Schools Frank Fanelli on Thursday evening at SUNY Purchase.
Fanelli grew up in the village and starred on the football field during his time as a student at Port Chester High School. In 1972 Fanelli became the junior high school health teacher and has served in various roles for the district ever since.
Fanelli, whos worked with the council in different capacities for more than a decade, deflected the praise and spoke about the value of the council.
This is special for me, Fanelli said. Its really not about me, its about us. The council was formed to bring the community and the schools together to create close relationships. Its a unique partnership and it doesnt happen in a lot of places.
The mission of the council is to bring together community leaders to assess issues, identify needs and implement solutions. Council member Isobella Perry spoke about Fanellis contribution to both the council and the community.
Hes been very helpful to the council over the years and hes done so much for the schools, Perry said. Hes just a really great fella and hes worthy of recognition.
Fanelli also served as the assistant to the junior high principal, middle school assistant principal and district director of grants before being named assistant superintendent. Fanelli said his transition from teacher to administrator was a very natural one.
I started out doing a lot of coaching, and I always seemed to find myself in the middle of things, trying to improve things, Fanelli said. I didnt go out seeking the positions, they kind of found me.
Council Director Daniel Lipka said Fanelli exemplified the collaborative spirit that the organization is all about.
Whether its writing a grant or teaching a class, Frank is the kind of guy who will go wherever he is needed, Lipka said. Helping is what he was born to do.
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