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Yonkers' Coleman School Chosen As School Of Excellence

From left, Maureen Tomkiel, executive director of the John A. Coleman School, and Sharon Herl, principal of the Yonkers campus of the John A. Coleman School.
From left, Maureen Tomkiel, executive director of the John A. Coleman School, and Sharon Herl, principal of the Yonkers campus of the John A. Coleman School. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The John A. Coleman School, with campuses in White Plains and Yonkers, was selected as a 2014-15 National Association of Special Education Teachers School of Excellence. This is the seventh consecutive year that the Coleman School has received this honor.

Selection as a School of Excellence is the highest level of recognition a private, special education school can achieve through NASET. To gain this recognition, private special education schools must meet rigorous professional criteria and have demonstrated truly exceptional dedication, commitment and achievement in the field of special education.

Only a few select, qualified, licensed, private special education schools in New York state have received this distinction.

“This award celebrates the commitment to excellence found here at the John A. Coleman School – not only this year, but for the six priors,” said Maureen Tomkiel, executive director of the John A. Coleman School.

“It recognizes the passion and dedication of our staff who inspire a spirit of learning and achievement in all students of all abilities. Their daily work with families and other professionals ensures that our children receive the highest quality of care and educational opportunities.”

Sharon Herl, principal of the Yonkers campus of the John A. Coleman School, echoed Tomkiel’s sentiments.

“This award means a lot to us because it speaks to our mission to educate children with special needs by helping them to reach their fullest potential,” said Herl.

“Every day the children work hard to achieve their goals, and our staff members give them the love and support needed to learn and thrive.”

The John A. Coleman School is featured as a School of Excellence on the NASET website here.

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