• SCOPE Education Services Honors Four SHINING STARS from Sayville


    Congratulations to the 2017 Shining Stars from Sayville School District and community who were recognized for their exemplary service as “Shining Stars” by SCOPE Education Services at the Sixteenth Annual School District Awards Dinner held on Monday, March 20, 2017:


    Rosemary Camilleri              Administrator Service

    William Seus                            Support Staff Service

    Timothy M. Southerton       Teacher Service

    Chestene Coverdale               Community Service


    What makes these individuals Shining Stars?

    For more than fifteen years, Ms. Rosemary Camilleri has served the employees of Sayville as the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. A team player, she has not only demonstrated the greatest professionalism with a caring and supportive demeanor, but she has been insightful about the needs and morale of the district overall. While she is meticulous and thorough in all her endeavors, without a doubt, her refreshing sense of humor has been an asset in uplifting her colleagues during challenging times.  In addition, Ms. Camilleri has volunteered her time to organize fun runs and walk fundraisers as a tireless advocate for the Athletic Foundation. She is also a very active participant in the Sayville Community. As a greatly valued member of Sayville Administrative team, Ms. Rosemary Camilleri deserves to be recognized.

    Mr. William Seus has served as Sayville Schools Supervisor of Network Systems for the past eighteen years. Under his knowledgeable guidance, Sayville School District has launched its website, kept abreast with the ever-changing landscape of technology throughout the district, and especially ensured in this digital age that Sayville students have the latest technology at their fingertips to make them college- and career-ready. Most recently, Mr. Seus has implemented a grade 6-12 one-to-one Chromebook initiative and has worked on fiber for issues that surface from such a new program.  Teachers have been able to integrate to Chromebook into their curriculum with ease thanks to Mr. Seus’ oversight.  Sayville students, teachers, and administrators are most fortunate to have the indispensable support of Will Seus. Certainly in Sayville, when there’s a Will, there’s a way!

    A thirty-six and one-half year veteran in Sayville School District, Mr. Timothy Southerton has been a caring teacher, an enthusiastic coach, and a strong advocate whose genuine passion for education has been far reaching.  In the classroom, Mr. Southerton taught special needs children and motivated all his students to succeed. At Sayville Middle School, Mr. Southerton was a driving factor for the school’s success as an Essential Elements, Schools to Watch: National School of Excellence. As President of the Sayville Teachers’ Association and a NYSUT delegate to the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System, Mr. Southerton faithfully served his colleagues, his district, and the children of New York State by sharing his voice and knowledge with government policy makers.  As a result of his presence in Albany and his indomitable spirit, Timothy Southerton has earned the respect of his colleagues throughout New York State.

    Ms. Chestene Coverdale’s impact on the community is humbling. A retired teacher who now supports her community by running the local food pantry, she is also a member and past president of the Sayville Rotary Club. She is the liaison for Rotary to local high school Interact programs.  She also plans and implements an annual Rotary Club of Sayville Students’ Scholarship Awards Breakfast.  Through Rotary Ms. Coverdale has advocated for students internationally, through her literacy program in elementary school she has encouraged the love of reading, and by launching a recognition program for outstanding High School Students in a student of the month luncheon, she ensures deserving students are given a spotlight. It is time to spotlight Ms. Coverdale for her contributions.