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1652 Central Park Ave.,
Yonkers, NY 10710
Phone: (914) 963-5178
325 South Broadway
Yonkers, NY 10705
Phone: (914) 963-5178
1652 Central Park Ave.
Yonkers, NY 10710
Phone: (914) 963-5178
1652 Central Park Ave.
Yonkers, NY 10710
Phone: (914) 963-5178
1652 Central Park Ave.
Yonkers, NY 10710
Phone: (914) 963-5178

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Condolence From: Gary Mallon
Condolence: Thinking of you today, Mattie, as we lay your beloved sister Willie to rest. Mattie Sydnor was a lovely, elegant, intelligent lady. We were neighbors at 1270 Fifth and I miss her and now Willie, very much. Seeing them going to chirch on Sundays all dressed up in their mink coats always made me smile. Mattie was a great cook, like her Mom and I remember having quite a few great dinners in her home. Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory my friend - we will not see the likes of you again!
Saturday September 01, 2018
Condolence From: Dennis Granzen
Condolence: She was a great teacher, and instilled in us a rigorous love of learning.
Sunday June 17, 2018
Condolence From: Mark Lassiter
Condolence: Woodlands High School, Hartsdale New York

A unique place, born of a vision of a school district that defied cultural boundaries. Woodlands was a college-like campus, literally in the woods, on the former estate of a millionaire. Nothing like the concrete jungle schools of New York City, it was the Land of Oz to me.

In fourth grade, I was riding the NYC Subway, solo. By seventh grade my commute on public transit was an hour and a half. After ninth grade, the Lassiter’s relocated north. “Lemme get this straight, the school bus stops at the corner by our house AND takes you all the way to school?”

What a racket.

Woodlands employed an elite roster of teaching talent who held resumes that few public schools possessed. Teachers who were in the avant- grade via their techniques, intellect and passion. They pushed us. Exposed us to new worlds.

History teacher, William Loren Katz, was and IS the preeminent authority on Black Cowboys. His books are the leading sources of information on the role of African Americans in shaping The West. The choir, led by Miss Pittman travelled to Europe. Europe. The athletics coaches were elite. Basketball Coach Chip DelVal taught selfless play to integrated teams who were raised on the playgrounds. They warmed up to funky music and won a lot. Coach Nate Adams, track, sidelined as an actor and had a bit role in the original, “Superfly.” How cool is that?

And there was Miss Mattie Sydnor. A no-nonsense graduate of an HBCU, South Carolina State, who was my math teacher for my senior year. Miss Syndor was a feisty, taskmaster who expected her students to be great. Period.

Disclaimer: math and I were NEVER friends. Once I hit Calculus, the numbers simply made no sense. It was an academic struggle like no other. At a few bright moments the light would flicker, and be quickly extinguished by a creative synapse firing from the opposite side of my brain.

Miss Sydnor felt my anguish and volunteered to tutor me. She tutored me for an entire year. After school. Three times a week. Rain or shine. Senior year. On days I had varsity baseball games, I wore my game uniform to her classroom, followed as best I could before rushing to make batting practice, or a bus to an away game. After all that hard work, and her unyielding patience, I summoned all of my tutorial memory, prayers, energy and focus to the task of reaching the summit of a score of 65 to pass the final exam.

I got a 59 on the math final. A fifty-nine.

“Young man, I understand you have been accepted to college.”

“Yes ma’am, Howard University.”

“If you PROMISE not to touch another number as long as you live, I will pass you.”

“I promise...”

She passed me.

True story.

Fortunately, my other grades were good enough to buoy the brick of the cherished D I received in math.

Yesterday, I learned Miss Sydnor (right) transitioned to a classroom teaching angels.
Friday June 08, 2018
Condolence From: Maria Claps Michelsson
Condolence: I am so sorry to hear of Mattie's passing. What a lady!
I had the honor of working with her for a number of years at Woodlands High School. I consider her to be a mentor, a role model and a friend. Even after she retired, Mattie and I kept in touch. She was always interested in the AP Calculus exam, on several occasions I went to her home in Yonkers to review the exam with he . She attended my wedding and even a luncheon for me when I announced my own retirement.
. I know that my life has been blessed because Mattie was part of it. I will miss her
Monday April 30, 2018
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