In recognition of his long-standing commitment to education and youth empowerment, Municipal Credit Union Board of Directors Assistant Treasurer Mario Matos Jr. received the Excellence in Education Award during the Highland Park Community Development Corporation (HPCDC) Annual Gala on Thursday, April 26, 2018.
“On behalf of my fellow Board members, I’d like to congratulation Mario for receiving the HPCDC Excellence in Education Award,” said MCU Board Chair James Durrah. “His distinguished career as an educator and advocate for both teachers and students truly speaks to our credit union values of improving our communities and serving our neighbors.”
Mr. Matos, who received a Master's Degree in Special Education at St. John's University and a Master’s Degree in School Administration from Touro College, now works at Queens’ Maspeth High School-New York’s Classical High School. He also served the Bushwick, Brooklyn community for 19 years at the former Halsey Middle School - I.S. 296.
Mr. Matos has also advocated for both educators and students in several volunteer capacities. He has served as Delegate for the National Education Association; the American Federation of Teachers; the New York State United Teachers; the New York City Central Labor Council; and the United Federation of Teachers, where he was also an Executive Board Member.
“We begin our careers as educators hoping, wanting to make a difference in the lives of our youth,” said Mr. Matos. “I’m humbled to have this honor bestowed upon me. I thank the Board of the Highland Park LDC on behalf of the thousands of students in Community School District 32 in Brooklyn and 24 in Queens where I’ve dedicated 25 years of service.”
For nearly 20 years, Brooklyn-based HPCDC has worked to provide innovative programs for youth leadership, education, drug abuse prevention and health related services. The not-for-profit organization additionally works with the children, families, and seniors throughout the Brooklyn areas to identify needs and create innovative programs throughout the communities it serves.