First Quarter Successories Winners for the 22-23′ school year
Kindergarten teaching assistant Amy Goebelis in her fifth year at B-P. She was nominated for a Successory by a grateful parent: “My son comes home every day from school with a smile on his face. You ask him how his day was, and he says, ‘Good, because Mrs. Goebel helped me.’”
Goebel’s passion for her work shows through her relationships with her students. “My favorite part of the day is when the students enter the building and I am greeted by hugs and smiles,” she said. “I knew from an early age when I used to play school with my dolls and stuffed animals that I wanted to work with children and be a teacher when I grew up.”
Pre-K teacher Caitlin Walter was nominated for a Successory by the parent of a former student, who called her an “exceptional teacher.” Her nomination read, in part, “Earlier this year, she helped us out and offered her assistance if we needed it. She goes above and beyond. She’s a very kind and caring person.”
“For most of my students, this is their first learning experience, and I want them to know that I am here for them and will root for them every step of the way,” said Walter, who is in her third year of teaching at B-P. “My number one goal is to make learning fun. I want my students to love school and to also know they are loved when they come here.”
Veteran bus driver Mark Orlowski received his Successory nomination from a parent of three children who “have always had wonderful things to say about him over the last 10 years.” Orlowski’s nomination also noted that “he is always on time and is a super safe driver.”
“I love that everyday is different than the last,” Orlowski said about his job, adding that he couldn’t imagine doing anything else. A 1981 graduate of the former Perth Central School, Orlowski has been a B-P bus driver for 26 years and describes his co-workers as “one big family.”
Social studies teacher Brendan Reed was nominated for a Successory by a student who thanked him for “being a great teacher” and “helping us learn.”
“I got into education to make a difference and I feel that this school gives me the perfect opportunity to do so,” said Reed, who is in his second year at BPHS. “I feel as though I have the greatest job in the world!”
When asked about his reaction to winning the award, Brenden said “ It feels like I am actually making a difference after receiving this award and recognition and knowing it came from a student”.
Jenna Orapello, who is in her first year teaching math, computer science, and Project Lead the Way at BPHS, was nominated for a Successory by a student who called her “the best teacher ever!” Her nomination continued: “You always have a positive attitude and you are always welcoming and willing to help with anything and everything. I appreciate you so much!”
“I love that I get to inspire students to advance their knowledge in the world of technology, which could go as far as to lead them into their own technological career,” said Orapello, who joined the BPHS faculty after teaching for 10 years at Albany High School.
“Leaving Albany was bittersweet because I loved my students and co-workers. However, after just a very short time teaching here, I feel right at home at B-P.”