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Helen Bach Moss Memorial Better Beginnings Award


The 2014 Better Beginnings Award Recipient

2014 Better Beginnings Award presented to Mrs. Jennifer Kreuscher on September 17, 2014 during an assembly held at Marion G. Vedder Elementary School in North Babylon, New York.


Pictured, left to right: Dr. Michael Moss (founder of the Better Beginnings Award), Aliyah Premji (NYSED), Mrs. Jennifer Kreuscher (2014 Recipient), Regent Roger Tilles (NYS Board of Regents), Jessie Westfall (NYSED), Megan Collins (NYSED) and Patricia Godek (North Babylon Superintendent of Schools)

Mrs. Kreuscher was unaware that she was the recipient of the 2014 Better Beginnings Award; she was nominated for the award by her school Principal Ms. Kerry Larke and then interviewed along with two other finalists for the award by the selection committee at NYSED.  Principal Kerry Larke held a surprise assembly for Mrs. Kreuscher, where she was presented with the award. Below are some images of the assembly that took place at Marion G. Vedder Elementary:

Mrs. Kreuscher’s Banner made by her school in her honor


Mrs. Kreuscher’s reaction when she walked into the assembly



Representatives applauding Mrs. Kreuscher as she walked in



Regent Roger Tilles presenting the 2014 Better Beginnings Award to Mrs. Kreuscher



Regent Tilles, Mrs. Kreuscher, Ms. Kerry Larke (principal at Marion G. Vedder Elementary) and Dr. Michael Moss


On behalf of the New York State Education Department, we were very pleased to present this award to an extraordinary teacher. Congratulations Mrs. Kreuscher and thank you Marion G. Vedder Elementary for welcoming us!


Last Updated: September 20, 2018