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Mittelstaedt inducted into NNCS High Flyer Club

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NORFOLK - Lee Mittelstaedt became the latest member of Norwood-Norfolk Central School’s High Flyer Club this week, joining four others who have been inducted since the award was first established in 2008.

Ms. Mittelstaedt, a retired elementary physical education teacher, was recognized for “bringing energy and imagination to the world of our learners,” according to the plaque that was presented to her by Superintendent Elizabeth A. Kirnie.

Induction into the club recognizes individuals for going above and beyond their regular duties.

“Four years ago I recognized the fact that a lot of people go above and beyond in this district.. We don’t have a lot of public thank yous and attaboys and attagirls,” Mrs. Kirnie said.

The first inductee in 2008 was teacher Michelle Crosbie.

“I recognized Michelle Crosbie was just dong wonderful things on her own time. I thought we need to have recognition,” Mrs. Kirnie said. “After that, Michelle helped me pick the next High Flyer.”

That was the 2009 inductee, retired teacher Stephanie Murray.

Following that, Ms. Crosbie and Ms. Murray selected the 2010 inductee, Patricia Dean, for her involvement with the school’s Key Club and “untiring positive attitude and energy for the kids,” according to the superintendent.

Last year’s inductee was elementary librarian Diane K. Purvis, in part for her efforts in instituting a program called “Books at the Beach,” a weekly mobile library that she took to the Norwood Beach.

“She always advocates for the kids,” Mrs. Kirnie said.

Now Ms. Mittelstaedt has joined the select club, and she’s had an influence on many students, Mrs. Kirnie said.

“You were teaching the children of some of the kids you had taught,” she said.

Ms. Crosbie, Ms. Murray and Ms. Purvis were on hand for Ms. Mittelstaedt’s induction ceremony, which took place prior to a board of education meeting.

“All of you are being honored tonight,” Mrs. Kirnie said.

Ms. Mittelstaedt’s picture will now join those of Ms. Crosbie, Ms. Murray, Ms. Dean and Ms. Purvis on the walls of the board of education room, along with an explanation of her achievements.

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