All 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 promotes a program called Successories, a combination of the words “success” and “accessories.”
There are two ways to nominate a staff member for recognition. You can fill out an online form, or a paper form that is available 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.
Winners from each building will be selected from the pool of nominations. Each quarter’s Successories winners will win a Yeti mug. One person each quarter 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. A grand prize winner of a $100 gift certificate is chosen in June.
All B-P community members are encouraged to recognize faculty and staff for their outstanding work through the Successories program.
Read stories about the quarterly winners by clicking on the links below.
First quarter 2020 – 3rd grade teaching assistant Jennifer Szumowski, 7th grade teaching assistant Christy Wallace, BPES speech language pathologist Gail DeCicco, 5th grade special education teacher Nicole Lonczak, and 7th & 8th grade science teacher Natasha Hakim.
Third quarter 2020 – HS English teacher Chereith (C.J.) Vincent, TLC second-grade teacher Meg Marsden, IS social worker Andrea Hamill, MS computers/STEM teacher Dave Samek, and HS science teacher David Newvine
Second quarter 2020 – HS social studies teacher Tony Mucilli, TLC custodian Kathy Kilmartin, IS third-grade teacher Katie Simonds, MS special education teacher Kayla Twardzik, and HS math teacher Devyn Fairbairn
First quarter 2019 – TLC first-grade teacher Katie Murphy, TLC first-grade teacher Laura Satterlee, IT support specialist Amanda Sarullo, middle school art teacher John Dievendorf, and high school counselor Charla Simonson.
Year-end winner: TLC social worker Lauren O’Donnell
Fourth quarter 2019 – TLC physical education teacher/coach Jeff Richards, TLC kindergarten teacher Christiane Gifford, BPIS teaching assistant Jen Cetnar, middle school custodian Pat Crannell, and high school social studies teacher Christine Kotraba.
Third quarter 2019 – TLC social worker Lauren O’Donnell, fifth grade teacher Jim Paquin, third grade teacher Mary LaPort, middle school social worker Julie Lapham, and high school physical education teacher Rob Klug.
Second quarter 2019 – First grade teacher Karen Klein, fifth grade teacher Jamie Sanford, middle school English teacher Caitlyn Fagan middle school science teacher Kelly DiNatale, and high school special education teacher Danielle Jiguere.
First quarter 2018 – TLC kindergarten teacher Valerie Hamel, B-P technology coach Allison Renda, MS teacher Brian Zientak, HS teacher Lynsey Hulbert, and HS counselor Jen Grimmick.
Year-end winner – Pre-K teacher Kerri Barker
Fourth quarter 2018 – TLC kindergarten teacher Susan Arehart; IS third grade teacher Jen Wilcox; MS teaching assistant Tom Horning; MS teaching assistant Samara Smith; math teacher Rachel Shrome.
Third quarter – HS teacher Kristina Marshall; TLC aide Sharon Larsen; IS teacher Amy Schaffer; MS literacy specialist Kathy Keating; TLC teacher Jill Becker on behalf of the HS robotics team, The Nut Jobs.
Second quarter – Chris Smith, district mail courier and bus driver; Steve Gennett, director of information technology; Kelly Hanson, intermediate school teacher; Stephanie Hotaling, middle school counselor; and Lori Nellis, high school nurse.
First quarter – Jessica Sargalis, physical therapist at TLC; Jennifer Platt, teaching assistant at TLC; Jon Aery, art teacher at the intermediate school; Ana Ventre, math teacher at the middle school; and Lori Reed, food service worker at the Broadalbin campus
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.