The Farmingdale School District recently honored what it called "the outstanding contributions made by Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Garavuso," principal of Northside Elementary School.
Mrs. Garavuso will retire at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. She has served as principal for the last 20 years, working with more than 3,000 students.
“Liz Garavuso is a tremendous leader, role model and teacher, and has set the highest standards for her students, staff and friends to follow at the Northside Elementary School,” said John Lorentz, Farmingdale School District superintendent of school.
“All of us in the Farmingdale School District community will miss Liz in the years to come as we wish her a happy and well-deserved retirement,” he added.
“I am grateful to have spent the majority of my career at Northside Elementary school and to have worked with such wonderful people, including the talented and hardworking teachers in Farmingdale,” Mrs. Garavuso said. “I am a much better person for having shared this important part of my life with this exceptional community.”
During her tenure, Mrs. Garavuso played a vital role in assisting her staff teach the District’s curriculum to the students in a positive and encouraging learning environment. Over the years, she has recommended 67 teachers, 54 teacher aides, 12 custodians, two secretaries and one nurse for hire. In addition, she has worked for three District superintendents and for more than 25 board members.
Mrs. Garavuso and her husband, Gary, plan to settle in upstate New York for their retirement.