Readers Write: Sassouni’s leadership needed on GN

Readers Write: Sassouni’s leadership needed on GN

Integrity, visionary, inspirational, caring and creative. These are some of the characteristics of a leader. These qualities describe Rebecca Sassouni, who is running for a third term re-election as trustee to the Great Neck Board of Education. Her dedication as a trustee has been clearly defined and she has more than demonstrated those qualities.

Rebecca’s credentials are multi-faceted, inclusive and far-reaching as a parent, a community leader and a professional. Throughout her life she has continually strived for excellence in her varied capacities and each with enormous concern and care. Among Rebecca’s accomplishments, while raising four children who attended the Great Neck public schools, she was the co-chair for the Shared Decision Making Committee at the Great Neck North and John F. Kennedy schools, a past officer of the United Parent Teacher Council and past president of the Sephardic Heritage Association Inc.

Rebecca was first elected to the board in 2017. Since then, she has earned the respect of its board members because of her passion for education and inclusiveness for the entire community. Rebecca was then elected as board president twice which is indicative of the respect she has has earned as a trustee.

As a board trustee she has recognized accountability that must be made to every parent within the schools and maintaining fiscal responsibility. Rebecca has continually emphasized collaborative thinking and decision-making by the board to arrive at the best possible means to maintain the Great Neck school’s optimal functioning.

While Rebecca has emphasized the importance of quality education for others, she has also pursued higher education for herself. She is a graduate of Hofstra’s Law School and a recipient of its Outstanding Women in Law award. Rebecca’s legal focus includes pro bono work, which also demonstrates her focus to help humanity. The Nassau County Bar Association recognized her commitment and she was awarded the Access to Justice Pro Bono Recognition in 2018.

John F. Kennedy said, “leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” Rebecca Sassouni is the embodiment of this quote.

Rebecca’s re-election as a trustee to the Great Neck Board of Education is a must for all concerned: the board’s cohesiveness, the parents and children associated with the Great Neck schools as well as those who believe in the best possible representation as a citizen. Please join me in voting for Rebecca’s re-election on May 16. You would be doing an enormous favor for all those who live in this community.

Lois Schaffer

Great Neck

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