Distinguish Alumnus Recognized | Schools
On Wednesday, February 13 the board of education at Erie 1 BOCES held its annual Alumni Induction Ceremony. At the event, four alumni from Erie 1 BOCES instructional programs were honored. Among them was Michael Quintilone, a resident of Amherst.
As a student from Amherst Central School District, Quintilone attended Erie 1 BOCES Occupational Skills Program at Northtowns Academy from September 1996 to June 1998. He continued his education and received an associate’s degree from Erie Community College. From there he attended Buffalo State College where he earned a bachelor’s degree and finished with a masters degree in education.
Quintilone is currently employed as a licensed New York State Speech and Language Pathologist at Summit Education Resources. He provides speech services in school settings and after school in clients’ homes to children and young adults with developmental disabilities, mainly autism.
Quintilone participates in a variety of outreach and fundraising programs. When speaking of his BOCES experience, he said, “After attending OSP I learned to develop a solid work ethic and to prioritize what is really important.”
Also recognized at the event were Kathy Avino, Chelsea Becirovic and Mary Gladhill.
Statewide, school districts partner with Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in an effort to provide accountability, municipal sharing, efficiency and educational equity. Erie 1 BOCES, one of 37 BOCES in New York State, is a cooperative of 19 school districts surrounding the city of Buffalo. To assist school districts, the organization provides a variety of educational services including, but not limited to, alternative education, career and technical education, special education and adult workforce development.