Glen Cove, New York
Laura Perfetti has been teaching for the Syosset central school district since 1998. Previously she taught second grade for two years in Bushwick, Brooklyn. In addition, she implemented and is the chairperson of P.R.I.D.E., an elementary school character education program. Mrs. Perfetti won the Jenkins Award in 2012 in recognition of her leadership, efforts, and dedication to her school, as well as her work on P.R.I.D.E. Mrs. Perfetti also developed a curriculum in collaboration with other teachers and parents that is used as a model throughout her school district.
Mrs. Perfetti has volunteered with the Children's Tumor Foundation's Racing4Research, NF Endurance, and NF Walk programs since 2007. She currently serves as the NYC Half Marathon Team Captain for the NF Endurance Team, a position she has held for three years. Her family has participated in Racing4Research for five years. Mrs. Perfetti is also the Chapter President for the metro New York area and started an NF Mom's Brunch, an information group connecting NF mothers on Long Island. Mrs. Perfetti is also the Patient Representative on CTF's Clinical Care Advisory Board and the Parent Representative on the currently forming New York Presbyterian Hospital Board. Mrs. Perfetti won the 2012 Women's Trailblazer Award from the NasaauCounty Legislature for her work with the Children's Tumor Foundation.
Mrs. Perfetti chairs several fundraisers every year including a dinner and auction on Long Island and a backyard carnival in honor of her daughter, Julia Ladybug, who has NF1.
Mrs. Perfetti lives in Glen Cove, New York with her husband, Anthony, and their four children: A.J., Julia, Jacqueline, and Alexander.