Countrywood's Anne Oliveri Wins Barnes & Noble Award

Left to right: Superintendent Dave Bennardo, Anne Oliveri and Countrywood Principal Barbara Kenney.
Left to right: Superintendent Dave Bennardo, Anne Oliveri and Countrywood Principal Barbara Kenney.
Countrywood’s staff turn out to support Anne Oliveri, as she was honored by Barnes and Noble.
Countrywood’s staff turn out to support Anne Oliveri, as she was honored by Barnes and Noble.
Left to right: Superintendent Dave Bennardo, and Countrywood Principal Barbara Kenney, Anne Oliveri, Jared Bloom, and Joseph T. Centamore.
Left to right: Superintendent Dave Bennardo, and Countrywood Principal Barbara Kenney, Anne Oliveri, Jared Bloom, and Joseph T. Centamore.
Anne Oliveri with her proud husband.
Anne Oliveri with her proud husband.
Mom and dad are very proud of their daughter.
Mom and dad are very proud of their daughter.
Barnes and Noble Community Relations Manager, Ms. Domenica Catalano awards Countrywood teacher Ms. Anne Oliveri.
Barnes and Noble Community Relations Manager, Ms. Domenica Catalano awards Countrywood teacher Ms. Anne Oliveri.

Countrywood first-grade teacher Ms. Anne Oliveri has won the prestigious Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest.  She was honored at a reception ceremony on April 16 at the East Northport Barnes & Noble, located in the Huntington Square Shopping Center on Jericho Turnpike.

Ms. Oliveri won this prestigious award based on a winning poem by student Melissa Hampton. Surrounded by family, friends, and school staff and administrators, Ms. Oliveri thanked Melissa for her heartwarming poem and for taking the time to enter her in this contest. “This is such a blessing and a gift to be recognized in such a big way by a cherished student,” said Ms. Oliveri. Melissa, who had Ms. Oliveri as her teacher 8 years ago, has since moved to Florida and is currently in high school. She had been visiting relatives in New York recently and was in the Barnes & Noble store. When she saw the poster announcing the contest, she decided to write about her first-grade teacher, Ms. Oliveri. Eight years is a long time, but Ms. Oliveri has never forgotten Melissa. “It’s so easy to remember a student like Melissa,” she said. “She just beamed. She lit up any room she entered with her quiet confidence.”

Ms. Oliveri is now in the running for the national contest, which will award a lucky winner a $5,000 gift card as well as $5,000 for the winning school. “Anne is a truly passionate teacher who has earned the respect and admiration of colleagues, students, parents, administrators, and staff,” said Countrywood Principal Ms. Barbara Kenney. “She works tirelessly to build upon her students’ strengths and instills a strong sense of pride in their success.”

Congratulations, Ms. Anne Oliveri. The Countrywood and South Huntington School Community is proud of you!