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Successories Program

Successory form and boxAll across the Broadalbin-Perth school district, our employees do extraordinary things every day to help students be successful. Too often, their efforts go unnoticed or unappreciated.

To ensure employees are recognized for the things they do to make a difference in the lives of B-P students, the district in 2014 launched a program called Successories, a combination of the words “success” and “accessories.”

Boxes containing two-ply forms can be found in the main offices of each of Broadalbin-Perth’s four schools. The simple half-page form reads: “(Student) is becoming a success at (school)! This is in part because of (faculty/staff name). Thank you for…” Students, parents, community members and other faculty and staff are invited to take the forms, complete them, and return the second page of the form to the collection box. The first page of the form should be given directly to the “Successory.”

The forms provide an easy way for people to say ‘thank you’ whenever they feel as though a B-P faculty or staff member is going above and beyond for our students.

Each quarter during the school year, winners of $25 restaurant gift certificates are randomly chosen for each school from the completed forms. A grand prize winner of a $100 gift certificate is chosen in June. New in 2016, one person from among the completed forms each quarter also will be selected to receive a personal day, which Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson will cover. All employees of the B-P school district are eligible for the day off; though Tomlinson is not licensed to drive a school bus, Director of Operations and Safety Mike Carney will fill in if a bus driver is chosen as one of the quarterly winners.

All B-P community members are encouraged to recognize faculty and staff for their outstanding work through a Successory and have them entered in quarterly prize drawings.

Read stories about the quarterly winners by clicking on the links below.


Year-end winner – TLC literacy specialist Sandy Sullivan

Fourth quarter – Bus driver Larry Parker; kindergarten teacher Kristie Schwartz; fourth-grade teacher Rebecca Gregory; music teacher Jim McGarvey; and reading teacher Dacia Ransom

Third quarter – Michele Nasner, physical education teacher at B-P Middle School; BPMS secretary Kim Nichols; intermediate school custodian Kim Tyrell; TLC literacy specialist Ashley Meyer; and BPHS English teacher Alycia Spraker

Second quarter Michele Marotta, secretary at B-P Intermediate School; middle school special education teacher Dan Schulz; intermediate school teaching assistant Nancy Curley; high school special education teacher Michael Ott; and bus driver Mark Orlowski

First quarter — Toni Scott, head cook at The Learning Community; fourth-grade inclusion teacher Melanie Hampton; seventh-grade teaching assistant Diane Murphy; second-grade teacher Doug Morris; and Food Service Director Jim Garner


Year-end winner — Cindy Hartney, first-grade teacher

Fourth quarter — Third-grade teacher Lisa Caughey, middle school band teacher Laura Jacaruso, kindergarten teacher Caitlin Richards and district bus driver Debbie Montanero

Third quarter – Second-grade TLC teacher Amanda Ferraro, middle school teaching assistant Mike Beers, intermediate school teaching assistant Lisa Zarecki and high school teacher Billy Eipp

Second quarter — Hope DeZolt, a pre-kindergarten teacher at The Learning Community; Lorenzo Ortiz, a district groundskeeper; Rebecca Hawkins, an AIS math teacher at the middle school; and high school secretary Nora Horton

First quarter —  Sixth-grade teacher Caetlin Ebersole, high school special education teaching assistant Candy Hunter, bus driver Tom Kowalski and night custodian at the intermediate school Cara Dopp


Fourth quarter —  TLC teaching assistant Kim Buchanan, BPIS special education teacher Amy Baker Hale, middle school teaching assistant Kimberly Killian, and high school social worker Mick Gottung

Third quarter — Tammy Staie, who runs the media center at The Learning Community; Lisa Foley, a fifth-grade teacher at the intermediate school; middle school conduct coordinator Greg Horning; and high school math teacher Stan Buyce.

Second quarter — Elementary music teacher Mary Rasefske, BPIS secretary Michele Marotta, BPMS physical education teacher Michele Nasner, BPHS aide Pam Passino and special education teacher Liz Laird

First quarter — Chrissie Plunkett, pre-kindergarten teacher at The Learning Community; Diane Zukas, a teaching assistant at the high school; and Darci Taylor, a teaching assistant in the middle school were chosen as this quarter’s winners.