Congratulations on your retirement!
Two staff members at the Center for Career Services are retiring after a total of 57 years of service. We wish you all the best in your retirement!
Clinton “Tony” Ely, Teacher, 24 years
Clinton “Tony” Ely began the TV/Video Production program at the Center for Career Services in 1995. He has enjoyed the experience of refining the program and keeping it up to date with the meteoric pace of technological developments. Most of all he has appreciated his students and colleagues.
Mr. Ely has been a independent film and video writer, producer and director since 1981, after earning a master’s degree in Film Production from the SI Newhouse School at Syracuse University. From 1982 until 1988, he worked as a producer for the national office of the American Cancer Society, producing educational and motivational programs as well as the national radio public service announcement campaign.
When the ACS relocated to Atlanta in 1988, he developed a freelance business with clients that include McDonald’s, Ronald McDonald House, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the American Cancer Society, Gilda’s Club, various school districts, the Insall Scott Kelly Institute, Zimmer, Inc., and the Westchester Children’s Association. He has produced independent films, some of which have aired on local and national PBS. His most recent independent work includes Swag N’ Bach (48 mins), which was screened in 2015 at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, N.Y.
Michele Linker-Rackoff, Secretary to School Administrator33 years
Secretary to School Administrator Michele Linker-Rackoff is delighted to say that she has been working for Southern Westchester BOCES in the Center for Career Services, for 33 years. After high school, secretarial school and two years at Nassau Community College and CUNY Baruch College, she worked at the New York Public Library as a secretary to the chief of Humanities and Social Science Research Center. In that capacity I worked for the curator of rare books and the chief of economics for over 10 years. Other jobs she has held include a retail position at Bloomingdale’s, jewelry sales for 14 years at a private store, youth group leader, and working in an office that sold computer systems.
Her beautiful daughter Jennifer is a cybersecurity specialist and artist. Her son Heath, a teacher for special needs children, passed away in 2015. She has established the Heath L. Linker Memorial Scholarship Award presented in his memory. It is an annual award of $350.00 presented at the Career Services Recognition Ceremony to a graduate who has demonstrated a desire to teach others by going on to obtain a post-secondary education and hopes to impact the world by their actions and words.
Michele has been married to her wonderful husband Eric for 20 years and has two step-children she considers her own, Melissa and Andrew, and one magnificent grandson, Cameron, who is 2 1/2 years old. She looks forward to vacation time with family and quality time with her grandson.
During this new period in life, she would like to learn to play canasta and mah-jongg, as well as learn Spanish. Volunteering—either working with animals, the elderly, or children—are in her future. To relax, she takes yoga/meditation classes. Clothes shopping will consume other free moments, along with preparation of holiday dinners for her family and, of course, her book club.
Retirement, by choice, was a difficult decision. She will dearly miss her colleagues, administrators, teachers, students and their families, guidance counselors, social workers, and her terrific boss, Dahlia Jackson, as well as preparing for and attending our annual recognition ceremony and seeing all the accomplishments of our students.