Two of Triton’s longtime School Committee Members have recently received awards from the MA Association of School Committees for their many years of service and dedication to the school. Recipients Dina Sullivan and Deborah Choate were presented with their awards during the MASC conference on Cape Cod last week.
Dina Sullivan, a 13-year member of the Triton School Committee received the Life Membership award, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the Association. Nominated by her colleagues, she is described as “a true leader, whether serving as an Officer of the Committee, hosting events or mentoring new members.” She has advocated for the best and broadest education possible for every student and has worked tirelessly to ensure that the appropriate resources and policies were in place. Meticulous in her work, she ensures every detail is covered and every open issue finds resolution. During her time on the Committee, Dina served as Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair, and also lead numerous subcommittees. Prior to her election to the School Committee, Dina served as vice president and president of the Newbury Elementary and Triton Middle School PTAs, school council member and volunteer program coordinator. At MASC, she served as Co-Chair of Division I, and as a member of the Regional Schools Committee to which she was recently appointed Chair.
Deborah Choate, who has served on the Triton School Committee for 14 years, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was established “to honor individuals who, through their service to their community and their local school committee, have exhibited the best characteristics of public service.” Not only has Deb served as the Chair and Vice Chair of the School Committee, but also served on various subcommittees. She began her engagement with the school in 1995, as a member of the Salisbury Elementary PTA and School Council, and then continued her involvement as a member of the Triton Middle School PTA and School Council, coordinator of the Triton Safe Homes Project, and as a member of TMPO, the Triton Music Parents Organization. Her colleagues describe her as having made “tough decisions based solely on what was best for our students.” They add, “Deb has spent countless hours studying complex issues like student achievement data and school financing, contacting our state legislators to support regional schools, and attending many school and district events.”
“We are so fortunate to have such passionate advocates among our School Committee members,” said Superintendent Brian Forget. “The enthusiasm and dedication demonstrated by both Dina and Deb is beyond comparison, and we are thrilled that they have received these honors.”