Mrs. Lieberman and Mrs. Forshay are this year’s Outstanding Educator and Friend to Education

The Sullivan County School Boards Association recently announced that they’ll be honoring Liberty Elementary School teacher Jodi  Fiddle-Lieberman and Liberty Elementary School crossing guard Harriet Forshay as the recipients of this year’s Sullivan County Outstanding Educator Award and Friend to Education Award, respectively.

Both of these awards honor individuals who have made an impact on the education of children in Sullivan County. Mrs. Lieberman and Mrs. Forshay will receive their awards at a dinner at The Eagle’s Nest on Wednesday, May 30. Cocktail hour will include hot and cold hors h’oeuvres with a cash bar; a buffet dinner and dessert will follow. The cost is $32 per person.

Mrs. Fiddle-Lieberman is a writing teacher and reading specialist Liberty Elementary School. She grew up in Sullivan County and graduated from Liberty High School in 1983. She studied teaching at the University of Albany earning a degree in English. She returned to her hometown of Parksville, four years later in 1987. That September, she joined several of her fellow classmates, who also became teachers.  “I started off teaching the sixth grade,” she said, “I knew I wanted to give back to the community I loved. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of watching so many of my students grow into such wonderful citizens! I like to think that I had a small part in this process.”

Mrs. Forshay, originally from New Jersey, moved to New York nearly 45 years ago. She worked several jobs before coming to Liberty Central School District, including a switchboard operation, data entry specialist at a law office and restaurant manager. She has six children, 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren of her own, but holds a very special place in her heart for the students she sees every day at the elementary school entrance. In rain or shine, Mrs. Forshay will be guard our crosswalks with a smile (and a hat)! She says the best part of her job is meeting the students and their parents, sharing stories and singing songs as they come to and from school. She has 372 hats, a number that’s growing thanks to friends and family members, and is taking suggestions for what hat she should wear on May 30.

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