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Will continue coaching her replacement Marge Costa

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Norwalk, CT | Added on March 17, 2015 At 09:59 PM

The Norwalk Education Foundation will soon lose a regular face on its staff. 

"The most rewarding part of this work has been the people that I work with," said Tenofsky. "Working with the educators, working with the different community members. In my mind anyone who puts children first, is worthy of respect." 

NEF executive director Gloria Tenofsky announced she will soon step down from her position this month and join the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation as a development manager. 

"She's taught me so much," said NEF Board Chair Elizabeth Reid. "Things that I could never repay but I hope that she knows what she's meant to NEF."  

And although you may not see her as often around Norwalk City Hall, Tenofsky says she will continue to work with NEF as an advisor, coaching her replacement Marge Costa, who is a current board member and will become interim executive director. 

"I've spoken to a majority of our board members and everyone is equally as excited for Marge to really help guide us through this transition period," said Reid. 


"She has been involved in the community as a parent volunteer, a PTO president," said Tenofsky. "She teaches videography at Briggs and at Carver, she substitute teaches, so she's very involved and Marge decided that this would be interesting to her and she wanted to step up." 

 Tenofsky has been working with NEF for almost 3 years. 

"I think this organization serves a real purpose in funding gaps that would otherwise have not received funding," said Tenosfsky.  

NEF has worked with the Norwalk public school system since 1998, supporting student programs, teacher effectiveness and community outreach. Throughout Tenofsky's tenure, the foundation has organized numerous community events like the Annual Spelling Bee and the Taste for Education Foundation Benefit. 

"I'm really proud of what we've done here," said Tenofsky. "We've re-established NEF as sort of the bridge between Norwalk Public Schools and all of the community partners. We've developed I think a high degree of comfort and respect from those community partners to come with us to do things together." 

Those who have worked with Tenofsky say they're sad to see her leave, but are confident she will continue to provide the same skills and work ethic she brought to NEF to all her future endeavors. 

"We're sorry to see her move on," said Karen Brown, Fairfield County Community Foundation Vice President. "She was a huge champion for Norwalk public education, she was particularly focused on High School students and college to career which we were really excited about at the community foundation because we have a focus on young people and college and career success, we'll miss Gloria but we know that she will continue to be a huge champion of the Norwalk schools."  

"Her commitment to the youth of our community is evident in everything that she does," said Reid. 


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