Elizabeth Garofalo-McKenney

Elizabeth GarofaloA 1975 graduate of Canastota High School, Elizabeth received an A.A.S. Degree in Secretarial Science from the State University of Morrisville in 1977, where she was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Furthering her education, in May of 1980 she earned a B.S. Degree in Accounting from LeMoyne College, Syracuse. Elizabeth went on to earn an M.S. in Education-Vocational Technical Education from the State University of New York at Oswego in 1996.

In September of 1996, Elizabeth accepted a position as a High School Business Education Teacher in the Canastota Central School District. She was responsible for pursuing and receiving Career and Technical Endorsement (CTE) approval from the NYS Department of Education for the High School Business Department. The original layout and design for the Canastota School District Website was created by Elizabeth’s Web Design Class and has proven invaluable to the school and community.

Under her direction, the Canastota Business Department was recipient of the NYS Department of Education Business Department of the Year competition in 2004, 2006, 2010, and again in 2014.

Elizabeth has served in many advisor capacities while a teacher at CHS. She has been theElizabeth Garofalo Yearbook advisor for the Youth Summit Group, Tri-pine Journal, Student Store, Senior Class, and Graduation. Her most cherished activity, however, is her supervision of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Canastota High School and Junior High chapters. Elizabeth is, and has been, the advisor of the Canastota Future Business Leaders of America since 1996. Under her supervision, the chapter has actively competed and has received several awards at the district, state, and national levels. Throughout the years, several members of the Canastota Chapter have become New York State FBLA officers, including one member being elected by the state to serve as New York State FBLA President in 2014-2015.

Elizabeth is affiliated with the Future Business Leaders of America at the state level. A Board of Trustee member for twenty years, she served three terms as chairperson of this board. Elizabeth also served as State Office Advisor for several years. In this capacity, her duties included planning and overseeing leadership training for state officers and members, conducting workshops, communicating with, and evaluating officers periodically. She has also served as script and staging coordinator for state conferences. In 2015, Elizabeth was elected to serve a three-year term on the FBLA National Board of Directors, serving as the representative for the Eastern Region.

She is a member of the Business Teachers Association, the Business Education 2020 Committee in support of business education, and serves as a liaison for NYS FBLA with the Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for New York State.
In addition to her advisor duties at CHS, Elizabeth is a member of the Canastota Alumni Association, serving as president since 2015. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Vincent V. Albanese Alumni Achievement Award and in 2015 received the Outstanding Female Alumnus Award from the Canastota Central School District. She has served as a board member for the Canal town and continues to maintain their website.

A lifelong resident of Canastota, Elizabeth is the daughter of Canastota alumni, Ernest and Carmelina Fazio Garofalo. Her sister, Ann Garofalo Wieder is a 1977 graduate of CHS. Elizabeth continues to call Canastota her home, residing with her husband, Robert McKenney.