Resolution J2628-2013

Honoring Vivian Rodgers-Hill upon the occasion of her retirement after 26 distinguished years as an educator



  • Jun 20, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 18, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Vivian Rodgers-Hill upon the occasion of
her retirement after 26 distinguished years as an educator

WHEREAS, It is the practice of this Legislative Body to take note of and
publicly  acknowledge  individuals of remarkable integrity and character
whose endeavors have enhanced the quality of  education  in  this  great
State; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Vivian Rodg-
ers-Hill upon the occasion of  her  retirement  after  26  distinguished
years  as  an  educator; her long-term commitment to the children of New
York City will be celebrated at a retirement party on Tuesday, June  25,
2013, at the Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  The  daughter  of  Charles  Rodgers and Joan Guthrie, Vivian
Rodgers-Hill was born and raised in Queens, New York; she attended  York
College,  City  University  of  New York, where she earned a Bachelor of
Science in Community Health; she went on to earn a Master of Science  in
Educational  Technology  from  New  York  Institute of Technology at Old
Westbury, and, in addition, holds a Professional Certificate for  Admin-
istration  and  Supervision  from Baruch College, City University of New
York; and
  WHEREAS, Vivian Rodgers-Hill began her illustrious career in education
as a Health Resource coordinator for the Department of Health, where she
worked with at risk middle school students to educate them on developing
positive health behaviors; her work took her to the  Brooklyn  neighbor-
hoods  of  Brownsville,  Bushwick, Canarsie and East New York, all high-
risk areas for  teenage  pregnancy,  sexual  diseases  and  poor  health
habits; and
  WHEREAS,  Her life-long passion for youth development and empowerment,
as well as her knowledge of the needs  of  her  community,  led  her  to
accept  a  classroom teaching position at JHS 263; in addition to teach-
ing, Vivian Rodgers-Hill worked on a School based  Leadership  team  and
helped create mini schools for over 1500 students; and
  WHEREAS,  In 1990, Vivian Rodgers-Hill accepted a teaching position at
I.S. 59 where she held many  positions:  Dean,  Coordinator  of  Student
Activities,  Administrative  Assistant,  Assistant Principal and Interim
Acting Principal; and
  WHEREAS, In 2001, Vivian Rodgers-Hill transitioned into a position  as
an  Assistant  Principal at Renaissance Middle School 192, where, led by
her strong conviction that all  children  can  learn,  she  worked  with
faculty  and staff to create innovative programs that helped children to
reach their fullest potential; and
  WHEREAS, Vivian Rodgers-Hill has continually demonstrated  an  impres-
sive  dedication, an unparalleled devotion and an unremitting enthusiasm
for the quality of the educational programs and opportunities offered at
Renaissance Middle School  192  for  the  benefit  of  its  faculty  and
students, as well as for the entire community; and
  WHEREAS,  Outside of the classroom, for five years Vivian Rodgers-Hill
worked as a CSA (Council of Administrators  and  Supervisors)  represen-
tative  for  District 29 administrators of Empowerment schools; in addi-
tion, she worked closely with others to create the CSA Black Caucus; and
  WHEREAS, Vivian Rodgers-Hill has been called upon  to  contribute  her
time  and  talents  to  countless civic and charitable endeavors and has
always given of herself unstintingly; and
  WHEREAS, She sits  on  several  boards  including:  Worlds  Arts  Film
Festival,  DreamBig  Theater  Company, Eastern Region Women's Conference
Advisory Board and St. Albans Montessori Academy of Learning; she  is  a
member  of  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Queens Alumnae Chapter, and

is the co-chair of the International Committee and member of the  Educa-
tion Committee; and
  WHEREAS,  With  her  throughout  have been her husband, Arthur B. Hill
Jr., and their son, Drew Timberlake Hill, both of whom  feel  privileged
to be a part of her life and rejoice in her achievements; and
  WHEREAS,  In completing her service as an educator, administrator, and
advocate, Vivian Rodgers-Hill leaves behind more than  mere  bricks  and
mortar;  she  leaves  behind  a  legacy for all who attend New York City
public schools, and to future generations of students;  now,  therefore,
be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Vivian Rodgers-Hill upon the occasion of her retirement,  and  for
her  significant contributions to education in New York State; and be it
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Vivian Rodgers-Hill.


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