Town of Babylon honors Wyandanch School District social worker at annual Hispanic Heritage Festival
The Wyandanch Union Free School District’s social worker, Kelly Ureña, was honored at the Town of Babylon’s 22nd annual Hispanic Heritage Festival on Oct. 26.
The virtual celebration, which was live streamed on the town’s Facebook page, highlighted three local Latino figures and acknowledged Ureña for her important contributions to the Hispanic community. During the celebration, Ureña attributed her love of community and her role with the Wyandanch School District to her parents who instilled in her at a young age the importance of being a helpful and kind neighbor. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Shaffer offered their congratulations and thanked Ureña for her ongoing, selfless service.
Ureña has served Wyandanch schools since 2015. She is currently the social emotional learning specialist at Milton L. Olive Middle School. Prior to this role, she worked as the community site coordinator leading the family and community engagement office’s initiatives in the provision of adult classes to Wyandanch residents and served as the social worker for Lafrancis Hardiman Elementary School and Lafrancis Hardiman Annex.
“The Wyandanch Union Free School District is so proud of Kelly and her contributions to our schools, and her accomplishments,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Gina Talbert. “Her dedication to our students, their families and the Wyandanch community has been instrumental in our district continuing to rise and build future leaders who can follow in her footsteps.”
Ureña created social emotional learning classrooms for the Milton L. Olive Middle School, where students engaged in various activities to help address SEL needs. She supported the Wyandanch community volunteering and coordinating volunteer efforts to provide interpretation services at the Wyandanch COVID-19 testing site alongside the Suffolk County Executive Office and the Town of Babylon. She also coordinated the Wyandanch School District’s community food distributions with donations from Island Harvest Food Bank.
As a leader in her profession, Ureña offers professional development in her field and is known for her work in strengthening families, communities and building partnerships. She is a lead dialogue facilitator for Latina Moms Connect, serves on the board of The Long Island Latino Teachers Association, and sits as a trustee on her local school board.
The district congratulates Ms. Ureña on this wonderful honor.