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Northport-East Northport teacher a “beacon of light”

Schools April 28, 2022

Jennifer Baranaskas teaches students to code in the makerspace as part of the STEM enrichment for all program. Photo courtesy of the Northport-East Northport UFSD.

Northport-East Northport teacher and STEM Coordinator Jennifer Baranaskas has been awarded the Long Island STEM Education Leadership Association (LISTEMELA) Star Award for her work in developing the district’s “STEM enrichment for all” program.

The STEM Star award was created to honor teachers who serve as “a beacon of light” for students and demonstrate exemplary commitment to the vision of LISTEMELA, which is equitable student access to high-quality learning experiences.

The STEM enrichment for all program spans across grades kindergarten through fifth; Ms. Baranaskas played a leadership role in the development and implementation of the program curriculum. She also teaches grades four and five in the makerspace environment.

Ms. Baranaskas will be presented with the award at the LISTEMELA ceremony on May 6.