Second round of ‘Successories’ winners named


Successories winners for this quarter are, from left. 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.

A second round of honorees in the “Successories” program has been selected.

Superintendent of Schools Stephen Tomlinson randomly drew a $25 restaurant gift certificate winner from each school from among the completed “Successories” forms that recognize faculty and staff members for helping others become a success.

Elementary music teacher Mary Rasefske, BPIS secretary Michele Marotta, BPMS physical education teacher Michele Nasner and BPHS employee aide Pam Passino and special education teacher Liz Laird were chosen as this quarter’s winners.

Carbon-copy forms and collection boxes to recognize district “Successories” — a combination of the words “success” and “accessories” — are in each of the main offices of Broadalbin-Perth’s four schools. Students, parents, community members and other faculty and staff are invited to fill out the forms.

Rasefske was presented with a Successory note by speech therapist Ellen Alric, who accompanies a special education student to music classes at The Learning Community. Although the student is “severely limited in her ability to join in music activities, Mary consistently includes her in every part of the class,” Alric wrote.

Rasefske said she was thrilled to receive recognition for something she does not see as going above and beyond. The student “lights up when she hears music,” Rasefske said. “Anything we can do to bring joy into this child’s life.”

Marotta was recognized with a Successory note from teacher Ingrid Hodgins for “staying long after all of the students had left to wait for a parent to pick up her child.” Marotta said she feels it’s part of her job to look after students in this way and that it was the right thing to do. “Things come up, and if it were my child, I would want someone to do something for me if I ran into a problem,” she said.

Marotta said she kept her Successory posted near her desk for a period of time before placing it with other keepsakes at home. “It’s always nice to know you are appreciated and that people pay attention to that,” she said.

Nasner, who received a Successory from teaching assistant Marie Shoop, agreed that it feels good to receive recognition, even when you are simply doing your job to the best of your ability. Shoop commended Nasner’s effective approach to giving lessons or directions to students. “She is observant, patient and great at her job,” Shoop wrote.

Nasner said she believes this comes naturally because of the way she connects with students. “I love spending time with kids. If I can get them to laugh and enjoy their time here, then I am doing my job,” she said.

Passino and Laird said they were pleasantly surprised to receive a Successory note from BPHS senior Cedric Jennings, who thanked Laird for supporting him in his academics and Passino for her willingness to lend an ear about everyday life.
“It’s very flattering. I was not expecting this. It made me tear up,” Laird said, adding she makes a point to stay positive with Jennings and other students to motivate them toward success.

Passino said she likes making connections with students and develops a mutual respect with them. “It makes you feel good that students are actually listening to what you say,” she said.

All members of the B-P community are encouraged to take the time to recognize the good work of others by participating in the Successories program. The quarterly drawings will continue through the end of the school year, when the grand prize winner of a $100 gift certificate will be chosen.