During the Board of Education’s March 22 meeting, the Board and administrators recognized longtime Charles A. Reinhard Early Childhood Center substitute teacher Frances Zwerling as a Star Polisher Leader. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph F. Famularo explained that Ms. Zwerling, who has taught for the past 50 years, is deserving of the district’s highest award for having instilled warmth and creativity in the classroom environment and having displayed exemplary core values.   
    
“Fran Zwerling remains an inspiration to us all,” Dr. Famularo said. “She has exemplified our core values since her very first day in Bellmore Schools.”
    
Ms. Zwerling began teaching in the Bellmore School District in 1973 and has been employed as a substitute teacher since her retirement in 1995. Ms. Zwerling began her career as a kindergarten teacher at P.S. 190 in Brooklyn in 1952. She has also held positions as a pre-school teacher, library story hour teacher, Girl Scout troop chairwoman, assistant leader of a Camp Fire group and a substitute teacher in the North Bellmore School District.  
    
“The greatest gift you have given the students is that they have learned from the beginning that the Bellmore School District is a fun place to learn,” Board President Jay L.T. Breakstone said.
    
Ms. Zwerling was also recognized by the district’s unions and local government representatives and received a banner decorated with a star containing the thumbprints of district students.
    
Ms. Zwerling said receiving the award is overwhelming and that teaching in the district has been an honor and privilege. “I have seen many changes, but a change I have never seen is the superintendent’s and Board of Education’s dedication to educational excellence and their ability to bring out the best in children,” she said.