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White Plains' John A. Coleman School Named National School of Excellence

John A. Coleman School administrators, from left, Maria Leitenberger, principal of the White Plains campus; Maureen Tomkiel, executive director; and Sharon Herl, principal of the Yonkers campus.
John A. Coleman School administrators, from left, Maria Leitenberger, principal of the White Plains campus; Maureen Tomkiel, executive director; and Sharon Herl, principal of the Yonkers campus. Photo Credit: Provided

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The John A. Coleman School, with campuses in White Plains and Yonkers, was selected as a 2015-16 School of Excellence by the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET).

This is the eighth 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.

In order to be honored with 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.

“We are thrilled to have been honored with this prestigious award, once again,” said Maureen Tomkiel, executive director of the John A. Coleman School.

“It recognizes our commitment to rigorous standards of excellence and to living our mission every day. Coleman School staff collaborate with our families to ensure that each student achieves his or her greatest potential. Our compassionate team of educators, therapists, nurses, social workers, psychologists and other learning specialists make sure that our children receive the highest quality of care and educational opportunities needed for them to learn, grow and become as independent as possible,” Tomkiel said.

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

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