Dedicated Businessman Honored as Champion of Education

Dedicated Businessman Honored as Champion of Education

Frank Falatyn, president of FALA Technologies in Kingston, has received the Ulster County School Boards Association (UCSBA) Distinguished Friend of Education Award. “The annual award recognizes individuals who lead with their heart and help to build a brighter future for Ulster County students,” said Ulster BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Jonah Schenker.

These champions of education include educators, business leaders, volunteers, advocates, and community members who willingly take the time to build relationships and establish trust within our local schools, knowing that what they invest in students in turn strengthens their families, their communities, and ultimately the world around them.

Ulster BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Jonah Schenker presented the award to Falatyn at the UCSBA’s annual dinner on May 25 at the Best Western in Kingston.

Beyond his professional achievements, Falatyn’s impact extends far and wide within our educational community. Serving on the steering committee of the Hudson Valley Pathways Academy, he has championed the cause of providing invaluable work-based learning challenges, internships, and employment opportunities for young scholars. As a coach for the school's FIRST Robotics team, Falatyn’s passion for ideas and his willingness to listen have inspired countless students to explore their potential and embrace their creativity.

Falatyn’s unwavering commitment to workforce development and his dedication to creating pathways for individuals to access meaningful employment and rewarding career paths are truly commendable. Through his mentorships, he has guided and supported young scholars, instilling in them the confidence and skills necessary to thrive in the ever-evolving professional landscape. A pre-apprenticeship program built by Falatyn is evidence of his vision and service to others. The program, which is inclusive of people with disabilities, is called “STEM and Technical Exploring Pathways.”

Schenker is full of praise for this year’s honorees. “We honor those who have made a difference in our youth, because after all, doesn’t every child deserve a champion?” he said.

Falatyn’s fellow honorees are: Franceska Elias, Ellenville Central School District; Holly Brooker, Highland Central School District; Ann Bauch, Kingston City School District; Kathleen Keane, Marlboro Central School District; Gregory Warren, New Paltz Central School District; Marcia Panza, Onteora Central School District; Jessica Riozzi, Saugerties Central School District; and Robert Riley, Wallkill Central School District.

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