2019 SCOPE Education Awards of Excellence
Congratulations to the 2019 Sayville School District school and community members who were recognized for their exemplary service by SCOPE Education Services at the Eighteenth Annual School District Awards Dinner held on Monday, March 18, 2019:
Debra Abrams, Elementary Teacher – AIS: TEACHER SERVICE
Carl Cangelosi, Sayville BOE trustee: SCHOOL BOARD SERVICE
John Giambrone, Director of Security: SUPPORT STAFF
Gregg and Marlene Keghlian: COMMUNITY SERVICE
Catherine Ward, Special Education Teacher: TEACHER SERVICE
Receiving the 2019 Awards for Excellence were:
Debbie Abrams has taught in Sayville Schools for 30 years. As a classroom teacher and a math specialist, Debbie worked to instill in her students a love of mathematics and joy in learning. Debbie’s efforts to enhance the profession of teaching were not limited to the classroom. She displayed outstanding leadership in the district level where she served on the program adoption committee for Mathematics, The Response to Intervention Committee, the Curriculum Leadership Council and the Professional Development Committee. Debbie Abrams is an outstanding teacher, educational leader, and friend of the Sayville Schools community. The contributions and friendships that Debbie established here will serve as her legacy for years to come.
Carl Cangelosi is a dedicated and energetic board trustee for the Sayville UFSD and a life-long Sayville resident. He is serving his second full term as trustee. Carl is also an active community member. A dedicated father, educator, trustee, and coach, Carl’s contributions to the community are numerous. His passion for the environment has led him to introduce policy on the local level that promotes positive change. Carl champions our students in the classrooms, in the gymnasiums, and on the playing fields. His mission as trustee is to maximize the academic and extra-curricular opportunities that Sayville offers out students. A voice of reason, Carl works with all constituencies to solve problems and enhance school programs. Sayville is fortunate to have an individual of Carl’s caliber to serve on the Board of Education.
John Giambrone has served Sayville Schools as Director of Security for over 3 ½ years. He retired from the Nassau County Police Department, as a Detective Sargent, in September 2015. Mr. Giambrone has worked with honor and distinction in serving the Nassau community for 34 years. He brings his expansive law enforcement experience to Sayville Schools each and every day. He heads up a security team of 35 guards, and has developed and implemented security protocols and procedures that have made our Schools a safer place. More importantly, he is a role model for our students throughout the school day. You will always find Mr. Giambrone walking the halls of our schools and positively interacting with students and staff. His favorite phase is "Safety is everyone's responsibility." It is with great pride that our school community recognizes Mr. Giambrone for his dedication, hard work and accomplishments in promoting school safety.
Gregg and Marlene Keghlian have generously contributed their expertise and hospitality while hosting many, many fundraisers for Sayville Public Schools. Virtually every foundation, co-curricular, extra-curricular and/or interscholastic athletic program in Sayville has benefitted from the gracious and selfless contributions of the Keghlians. Their generosity of spirit is conspicuous to all and we, as a Sayville Community, thank them for opening their business, The Portly Villager, to support and enhance opportunities for all Sayville students. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
Cathy Ward began her career in the Sayville Public School District in 1992 as a Special Education Teacher at Cherry Avenue Elementary School. After a few years, she entered Sayville Middle School, providing Consultant Teacher Services as part of the Inclusion program.
Over the years, Cathy has not only educated, supported and nurtured numerous students with special needs, but she has also been their advocate, always putting her students first. Cathy is an innovator and true professional in the field of Special Education. Her child-centered philosophy makes her a model teacher. She does not however, work independently. As an educator, she prides herself on being part of her team. Cathy never makes a decision in isolation, always consulting her teammates about what is in the best interest of her students. She is a dedicated, hardworking, and caring teacher who is an excellent recipient for this award.
For more photos from the SCOPE Awards night go to:2019 SCOPE Awards for Sayville