Lou Gambeski has held a number of positions and quite a few titles during his 33 year career in the Smithtown Central School District:
• Health Teacher
• Health Education Coordinator
• Boys Basketball Coach
• Girls Tennis Coach
• Boys Tennis Coach
• Director of the Smithtown Booster Club Basketball Camp
• Sectional Representative to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s chemical health committee.
• Director-Positive Edge Program
However, even with all of these responsibilities there is one constant: His love for children.
During his tenure Mr. Gambeski worked tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of New York States’ Children not only through his work as an Health Educator but as an advocate conducting countless alcohol and drug prevention workshops for coaches, student athletes and parents throughout New York State. As the Director of the “Positive Edge Program” he spearheaded an effort to train high school students in Refusal Skills curriculum. Once qualified these students then train middle and elementary students in the curriculum whilst acting as a mentor and role model. While serving as mentors to younger students they are also a positive peer influence in their co-curricular activities and teams.
Mr. Gambeski received the 2004 Secondary Health Education Recognition Award from the Suffolk Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education and Dance. He also was the recipient of the 1993 Distinguished Service Award for a School Coordinator awarded by the New York State Federation of Professional Health Educators.
He holds a B.S. in Health Education from Brockport State and a M.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration from Long Island University at C.W. Post.