Long term Board of Education member, Judith Breese, was honored for her many years of service to the education community. Judy was first elected to the DCMO BOCES Board of Education on July 1, 2009. A Walton resident from 1977 to 2016, Breese also served as a board of education member for the Walton Central School, serving as its President from 2002 to 2016. Former Walton Central School Superintendent, Dr. George Mack presented the award and captured highlights of Breese’s remarkable accomplishments throughout the years.
According to Linda Zaczek, President of the BOCES Board of Education, Breese’s contribution of time and her passionate mission to support special education needs was a true asset to this region, “We have benefited from so many years of first class commitment to education. Judy’s advocacy for special education needs and her desire to support our region with her knowledge helped us advance our mission to deliver high quality educational programs to the 16 school districts we support.”
Breese brought to the board comprehensive knowledge from her background as a speech-language pathologist for the Delaware County Public Health’s Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education Programs was instrumental to the board representing a broader spectrum of students’ needs. Breese also worked at Broome and Monroe Developmental Services and in private practice serving children and adults. From 1991-1996, Breese worked for DCMO BOCES, serving students with a variety of disabilities in the Oxford and Guilford areas as well as at the Harrold Campus.
Perry T. Dewey, DCMO BOCES District Superintendent commented, “Judy’s commitment to educating the whole student was remarkable. Her contributions will continue to positively impact the services we offer to our students and the schools we serve.”
In appreciation for the award, Breese said, “Some of you know that this was a difficult decision. But life is full of difficult decisions. And once they are made is time to forge a new path. That said, I will miss all of you terribly. It has been such a privilege to work with people who are immeasurably talented and pretty much taught me everything I know. So I thank all of you. It has been such a privilege to serve this organization.”