SUCCESSORIES: B-P celebrates our 2nd quarter winners

BP logo and photos of five Successories winners
Presenting the 2nd quarter Successories winners: From left are 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.

HS social studies teacher Tony Mucilli wins the day off

Gift cards were awarded to Kathy Kilmartin (TLC), Katie Simonds (IS), Kayla Twardzik (MS) and Devyn Fairbairn (HS)

We’re proud to announce the 2nd quarter Successories winners! Congratulations to all of this quarter’s winners and nominees. The grand prize winner, picked from everyone nominated this year, will be drawn before the end of June. They receive a $100 gift card. Successories gives people a way to say “thank you” when they feel that a B-P faculty or staff member is going above and beyond for students. Tony Mucilli is this quarter’s grand prize winner and will additionally receive a personal day, which Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson will cover.

Student to Tony Mucilli: “Thank you for giving me advice and guidance.”

Tony Mucilli
Tony Mucilli

His full nomination reads, “Thank you for giving me advice and guidance while I have been transitioning from a high school student to a college student!”

Tony Mucilli teaches social studies at B-P High School, coaches varsity golf and bowling and advises the MasterMinds team and National Honor Society. He has taught eleventh and twelfth grade students throughout his time at B-P, other than one year teaching ninth graders.

After reading his nomination, Tony said, “It’s an honor to receive this. More than anything for me, it really drives home the point that my colleagues and I are trying to reach a goal of preparing students for the next stage of their lives, whether they are a middle school student heading to high school or a high school senior heading to college, the workplace or the military.

“The Successories really do help drive home that we are doing our best to provide our students with the skills they need to get to that next stage in life.”

Student to Kathy Kilmartin: “Thank you for all that you do for each and every student each morning.”

Kathy Kilmartin
Kathy Kilmartin

Her full nomination reads, “Thank you for always greeting every student with a smile in the morning. Clearing our walkways so we can make it in safe to school. Standing in the freezing cold, rain and even snow to make sure we all make it safely in the school every day.

“You are greatly appreciated and loved by all. We thank you for all that you do for each and every student each morning. When a kid is having a hard time making it into the doors in the morning, you know just what to say to make everything all right for the child and parent. Once again, thank you!”

Kathy Kilmartin is a custodian at The Learning Community and is in her 28th year as a member of the B-P staff. After reading her nomination, Kathy said, “It’s just all about the kids, whatever makes them happy and smile. That’s what we do here, we all work together. The custodians are a great bunch of people who always put the kids first.

“And our parents are wonderful too; they always smile. It’s too quiet during the summer. I like when the kids are in school, and I like to hear their laughter.”

Parent to Katie Simonds: “Mrs. Simonds’ love for her classroom and her students is what makes my son want to go to school each day.”

Katie Simonds
Katie Simonds

Her full nomination reads, “Mrs. Simonds has the love and the patience to help with each of her student’s individual needs. She is a wonderful teacher that knows how to bring out the best in her students. Since day one of the school year, Mrs. Simonds has given my son the motivation and the confidence to overcome his fears and struggles in the classroom. She encourages him to push himself and try harder every day.

“She gives him the praise he needs to feel confident in himself and push himself to accomplish more. Mrs. Simonds’ love for her classroom and her students is what makes my son want to go to school each day. We are extremely grateful for the love and the care and all the help Mrs. Simonds has shown us and our son so far this school year. There truly needs to be more teachers like Mrs. Simonds in this world. Thank you Mrs. Simonds, we appreciate you!”

Katie Simonds teaches third grade at B-P Intermediate School and has been a member of the B-P faculty since 2001. After reading her nomination, Katie said, “The wonderful news of the Successories acknowledgement was such an incredible honor that helped remind me why I love my job so much. I found myself tearing up as I read the kind words that [a parent] wrote.

“Ever since I was a young girl, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. What I didn’t realize was how many close relationships I would form with families over the years. When a student enters my classroom in September, they immediately become one of my own. I am not only their teacher, but I am their advocate, cheerleader, and friend. These relationships stick with me and hold a very special place in my heart. Whether it be a simple smile, a big hug, or a pat on the back, I want all of my students to know that I am proud of them and appreciate all of their hard work.”

Teacher to Kayla Twardzik: “She is the best cheerleader a student could ask for!”

Kayla Twardzik
Kayla Twardzik

Her full nomination reads, “Kayla is constantly going above and beyond to help her students be the best they can be. She studies with them before tests, creates extra problems for them, and checks over homework assignments. Kayla makes every student feel important and is positive and encouraging to all of the students who work with her. She is the best cheerleader a student could ask for!

“Kayla is a team player, always thinking about how to best work with her co-teachers. She is a calming presence in classes and helps every student in the room.”

Kayla Twardzik is a special education teacher in the middle school and is in her third year as a member of the B-P faculty. After reading her nomination, Kayla said, “This nomination means so much to me. It’s nice to feel appreciated because most people don’t realize all that goes into being a Special Education teacher. My number one priority is for our students to feel safe, successful, and loved every single day.

“I want them to know that I am their biggest cheerleader, and I’m glad they feel comfortable coming to me for help. My team of teachers at the middle school is so much fun to work with, and it’s nice to be surrounded by people who share a common goal. I am truly living out my dream as a Special Education Teacher and coach at BP, and there’s nowhere else I’d rather be.”

Student to Devyn Fairbairn: “Thank you for helping me and going above and beyond to make sure I succeed in all my classes.”

Devyn Fairbairn
Devyn Fairbairn

Devyn is in her second year teaching math at Broadalbin-Perth High School. Her full nomination reads, “Thank you for staying after with me every day until 3:00 until I understood how to do my geometry homework and Regents review, even though you didn’t have to. Thank you for helping me and going above and beyond to make sure I succeed in all my classes, even though you aren’t one of my teachers this year.”

After reading her nomination, Devyn said, “It took almost all of my energy not to cry. That student means everything to me. And, as all of my students mean everything to me, seeing that someone recognizes that means the world. It was an awesome surprise!”