EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- William E. Cottle School Principal George Albano was honored with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his years of service in the field of education.
Nominated by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations and approved by its board of directors, Albano received his award at a ceremony at Ellis Island followed by a celebratory reception in the Great Hall for the 30th anniversary year of the medal.
Albano has been a public school educator for over 45 years. He has served as Cottle School principal since 2010. Prior to this role, he worked in the Mount Vernon Central School District as principal of Lincoln Elementary School which received the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence designation under his leadership.
In addition, he is the director of an EPE Adult Education program which helps immigrants learn English as well as obtain GED diplomas. His efforts have been featured in a numerous media outlets and he has served as keynote speaker at various educational conferences nationwide.
The Ellis Island Medal of Honor has been awarded to a list of highly revered individuals including past presidents of the United States, Nobel Prize winners, as well as leaders in the fields of business, the arts, education, and sports.
According to the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, the medals “... are awarded annually to a group of distinguished American citizens who exemplify a life dedicated to community service. These are individuals who preserve and celebrate the history, traditions and values of their ancestry while exemplifying the values of the American way of life, and who are dedicated to creating a better world for us all.”