Deer Park resident and educator Priscilla Zarate has been elected chair of the Suffolk County Hispanic Advisory Board. Suffolk Legislator Tom Donnelly appointed her to the board as his representative in 2018.
The Hispanic Advisory Board was established by resolution in 2005 to confer on issues of importance and relevance to the Hispanic community and to make recommendations to the Suffolk County Legislature and County Executive. Volunteers serving on the 15-member board work to improve cultural understanding between the Hispanic Community, Suffolk County Government, and Suffolk County residents; promote Hispanic business development; and encourage civic participation at all levels by members of the Hispanic Community.
A NYS-licensed teacher, Ms. Zarate has professional certifications in administration, supervising, bi-lingual education and Spanish instruction and is currently the Coordinator of English as a New Language (ENL) and World Languages (K-12) for the Islip School District. She was recently elected by The New York State Association of Bilingual Education (NYSABE) as Delegate for Region 1/Long Island. NYSABE is a professional organization that represents educators, parents, members of community-based organizations, private agencies, and institutions of higher education as well as advocates involved in the education of English language learners/bilingual students in New York State.
Additionally, Ms. Zarate is a leadership team member for AFFIRM (Advocating for Fair/Full Inclusive Resources for Multilingual Learners Coalition). The coalition includes members of the top NYS advocates such as Hispanic Federation, United Federation of Teachers, NYS TESOL, International Networks for Public Schools, NY Immigration Coalition, NYS Advocates for Children, NYC Commission of Human Rights, and others, who come together to identify federal funding needs for New York State Public schools' English Language Learners / Multilingual Learners.
Ms. Zarate has been a committee member and program coordinator for the Town of Babylon Hispanic Heritage Festival, and was recognized by the Town as a “Hispanic Leader Serving and Guiding Our Nation with Pride and Honor.”
“Throughout her lifetime, including 23 years as an educator, Priscilla Zarate has been a strong advocate for Hispanic residents of Suffolk County. She has been an outstanding and very effective member of the Suffolk County Hispanic Advisory Board,” said Legislator Donnelly. “The Board is in excellent hands under her leadership.”
“I’m humbled and honored to represent the Hispanic community of Long Island and advance advocacy efforts as chair of the Office of Minority Affair’s Suffolk County Hispanic Advisory Board,” said Ms. Zarate. “I early look forward to leading the mission, vision and goals established by the Advisory in support of the Hispanic Community of Long Island.”