Board Member-1st Term, Expires 2022
Amanda Curley dedicates herself to providing an essential service as a Trustee for the Ossining Public Library reinforcing the traditional services of a library and welcoming the new, expanded opportunities the library brings to our community.
As evidence of this commitment, Amanda brings to this cause an extensive background in education, career and community service. She earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of California Santa Barbara, in English Literature; from Fordham University two Masters of Science, the first in Curriculum & Teaching with a Reading Specialization and the second in Administration & Supervision.
In her career in education, Amanda began as a Teacher of English to Vietnamese Refugees, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Singapore, trained by United Nations in TESOL. Upon returning to the United States she became a classroom teacher working in both Mt. Vernon and Yonkers. During the summers and at night school, she was an ESL and ABE teacher at the Center for Continuing Education for Adults in Yonkers. While still working with adults, Amanda moved from the classroom to teaching Title 1 students as a Reading Specialist. She was selected by the district to become a Lead Teacher. She spent the last 11 years of her career in administration becoming the Executive Director of Instructional Support for Curriculum and Instruction, Yonkers Public Schools.
With a sound foundation in education and a strong sense of community commitment, Amanda served two terms as a trustee on the Ossining Union Free School District, Board of Education. Her sons, Ben, Dylan, and Scott, attended and graduated from the Ossining schools and have continued to flourish in their careers and with their families. Now that Amanda has retired, she and her husband have time to enjoy the things, which entertain them, while bringing to the community their knowledge and commitment. “It is our time to give back to the community.” The giving back includes being a New Castle Meals-On-Wheels Volunteer, New York Metropolitan Opera Guild School Access Program Volunteer, Old Mill Singers, Ossining, Member and Board Secretary, Northern Star Quilting Guild Member, Westchester County Election Inspector, and Friends Committee for National Legislation Member.
As a trustee, it is Amanda’s intention to bring to you and the library board of trustees, support for our qualified director, implement adopted written policies to govern the operation of the library, engage and evaluate the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan and work towards a future plan, secure adequate funds for the library’s operation while working with the board to authorize expenditures in accordance with the budget.
Amanda sincerely believes in the purpose of the Ossining Public Library as stated in the Bylaws: “The purpose of the organization is to provide easy and equal access to the broadest range of information and ideas of humanity in order to meet the educational and intellectual needs of the diverse members of our community, while enriching their social and cultural lives.” As your trustee, this is her purpose.