July 26 – Happy Birthday Dr. Nellie Bush

Bush_mug_t300When she was born, Dr. Nellie Fariello Bush’s parents lived right next door to the house on Leonard Street in Amsterdam’s West End where my parents lived when I was born 12 years later. Her dad was the well known barber, Pete Fariello, who used to cut hair in his Division Street shop which was located directly across the street from the rear side of the old City Hospital. After graduating from Amsterdam High School in 1960, she attended SUNY Oneonta and earned her teaching degree. She also married Amsterdam native Lenny Bush and raised three kids, a son and two daughters.

She initially came to work for the Amsterdam School District in 1966, first as a classroom teacher and then a special education instructor. She spent the next 43 years, evolving into one of the district’s most influential administrators. She was most closely associated with her role as the long-time principal of Tecler Elementary School, which included the Teller Diagnostic Center for students with developmental disabilities. She earned a master’s degree in…

(This other former Amsterdam educator was also born on July 26)

My complete birthday post for Dr. Bush will appear in the new second edition of A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam, NY Birthdays, which will be available before the 2016 Holiday season. I also distribute an Amsterdam, NY Birthday Blog Monthly Newsletter that includes the full birthday posts for three of the twenty-to-thirty  people whose birthdays I recognize each month. Each newsletter also includes an Amsterdam Birthday Quiz that will test your knowledge and memory of people and events in your hometown.

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