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Joyce Coppin Mondesire Will Be Honored At Leake & Watts’ 2016 Annual Awards Gala

Joyce Coppin Mondesire [Black Westchester]Leake & Watts, the award-winning nonprofit human services agency, will honor Joyce Coppin Mondesire, longtime educator, longtime Board Member and advocate for the underserved at its Annual Awards Gala to be held at The Pierre on Thursday, October 27th at 6:30 p.m.

The 2016 Annual Awards Gala, is Leake & Watts largest fundraiser of the year to support their work helping the New York City’s most vulnerable children, adults, and families overcome adversity to thrive!

“Joyce shares in the Leake & Watts mission to ensure that through supports, our most vulnerable neighbors can rise above and successfully address challenges associated with poverty, abuse, neglect, trauma, and disability,” Leakes &Watts wrote on their website’s event page.

To Joyce Coppin Mondesire, education is the key to rising above adversity and social challenges. As an educator, she has created opportunities and programs for the underserved, which is why Leake & Watts, will honor the longtime educator.

In an educational career stretching over six decades, Dr. Coppin Mondesire is known for creating programs to put New York City public school students on a path to success, and recruiting talented teachers when they were in short supply. “She helped underserved students realize the dream of quality public education,” explains Alan Mucatel, executive director of Leake & Watts. “And as a board member, she has played a role in the growth and success of our educational services for thousands of disadvantaged and non-traditional students. It is a privilege to work with her.”

Dr. Coppin Mondesire has been a Leake & Watts board member for 11 years. At the gala, she will be recognized for her contributions to education and for her longtime support of Leake & Watts, which provides education and other vital support to more than 11,000 at-risk children, adults, and families in the Greater New York area.

A resident of New York’s Upper West Side, Coppin Montdesire is a visiting professor in educational leadership at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry and a lecturer at City College of New York. She began her career as a teacher in New York City and went on to hold many leadership positions at the New York City Board of Education.

She served as chief executive of the Division of Human Resources, superintendent of Brooklyn High Schools, deputy superintendent of Community School District 16, and superintendent of the Division of Special Education.

In 2002, she was honored by President George W. Bush for her work in recruiting and training teachers.

The Golden’s Bridge couple, Nick and Lisa Preddice will Co-Chair the gala, joining Leake & Watts in honoring Joyce Coppin Mondesire, and Actress January LaVoy will serve as the evening’s emcee.


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