Dr. Mary Bediako, President began her tenure on the board in July 2020. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Ghana, and her Masters and Doctorate degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Dr. Bediako began her tenure with the Uniondale Board of Education on July 1, 2020. She is a retired educator, with over 40 years of service to public school children and parents, beginning her career as a math teacher and later as a school district administrator. She was the first Director of Personnel for the Uniondale Public Schools, and some of the teachers she recruited then are still with the Uniondale School District. For 22 years, Dr. Bediako was the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel for the Freeport School District. For 19 of those years, she also served as the Board's District Clerk until her retirement in 2019.
Dr. Bediako's career also included:
1. Serving as Chief Examiner for the "Public Certification, Education and Human Resources," Bureau of Fire Prevention, New York City Fire Department; and 2. Serving as Director of Documentation and Evaluation at "Ventures In Education," a non-profit educational consulting firm in New York City.
Dr. Bediako is recognized for her passion, expertise and commitment in her professional practices in areas of personnel management, staff development and program evaluation. She is a trained Curriculum Management Auditor.
Dr. Bediako has been a resident of the Uniondale School District for 39 years and is well known in the community. She attends Saint Martha Roman Catholic Church, where she is a lector and Eucharistic Minister. She credits the successes of her three grown children to the great foundation they received from the Uniondale Public Schools. Her children attended Harvard University, Cornell University and Lynchburg College.