February 27, 2022
Dear West Hempstead School Community,
I hope this letter finds you well and that your family enjoyed the mid-winter recess. We look forward to welcoming our students back as we resume classes tomorrow, February 28.
Unfortunately, I am reaching out with sad news for our school community. Annemarie Scully, a reading teacher at Cornwell Avenue, passed away over break. I extend my deepest condolences to her family, friends, and all who knew her, as she was an extremely valuable member of our RamFam.
Annemarie joined our district in September 2008 and has been a respected member of our teaching staff since then. She was a passionate educator who was always at the forefront of supporting programs that would benefit the students of West Hempstead.
In addition to her work in the classroom, Annemarie was a member of numerous committees at both the building and district levels, including the Instructional Support Team, CA Data Team, and District Academic Leadership Team, among others. She was also instrumental in supporting and creating a “Welcome to West Hempstead” program for our district’s youngest learners through a BOCES-sponsored summer program. Through this program, Annemarie taught students all aspects of what being a member of the RamFam meant and that beauty and joy could be found in learning.
In all her roles, Annemarie was constantly evaluating what worked with her students and what did not. She would make recommendations to district staff and administrators based on her firsthand experience in the classroom. As a district, we greatly valued and respected Annemarie’s opinion.
Her love for teaching and learning was infectious, and she truly exemplified the idea of being in the “zone” by being passionate, committed, and full of joy. Annemarie wanted to be in the zone daily for her students – this was her best and true self.
She will be missed by so many in our school community. As students and staff return from break tomorrow, we will have our counseling staff available for anyone who needs assistance during this difficult time. For our young students, we will have our district-wide support staff available if you find it necessary. Don’t hesitate to contact your child’s classroom teacher or building principal.
Again, we extend our sincere condolences to Annemarie’s family and friends. If we can be of any additional assistance to our school community during this difficult time, please do not hesitate to reach out to your building principal.
Superintendent of Schools