Legislator Troiano Honors Gladys Rivera
Nassau County Legislator Robert Troiano (D-Hempstead) honored Gladys Rivera as the 2010 Nassau County Legislature Trailblazer from Hempstead.
Legislator Troiano said, “I am honored to recognize Mrs. Gladys Rivera. She has a long history of firsts and an even longer history of community service! She is indeed a ‘Trailblazer’ and very deserving of this prestigious recognition. Congratulations Gladys!”
Gladys Rivera was born in Puerto Rico and came to the USA mainland when she was ten years old. Having attained her high school diploma, she returned to Puerto Rico and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Puerto Rico. Ms. Rivera later attended the City College of New York where she attained the college’s first ever master’s degree in bilingual education. In 1987, she and her husband with their three daughters moved to Hempstead.
As a trailblazer in bilingual education, she worked as a teacher and staff developer at Community School 211 in the South Bronx for 24 years. Upon moving to Hempstead, Ms. Rivera taught in the M.G. Rhodes School and at the Fulton Elementary school and she continued her education at CW Post. This paved the way for her to become the second Hispanic woman assistant principal in the Hempstead School District. Ms. Rivera retired from the district in 2000, having devoted a total of 30 years to teaching children.
Ms. Rivera is active in her church and the Hempstead Hispanic Civic Association. She was elected trustee to the Hempstead Board of Education. Currently serving her second term, she is the first Hispanic woman to be elected to such a position.
Nassau County Legislator Robert Troiano (D-Westbury) is pictured with Gladys Rivera (center) and her family:
Grandfather Carmello; Gladys' husband Carolos; her daughter Arian and Grandmother Alba. The Riveras live in Hempstead.