A video montage of the William Floyd Distinguished Alumni Class of 2016.
The William Floyd School District, in collaboration with the William Floyd Alumni Association, recognizes the William Floyd Distinguished Alumni Class of 2016 for making a positive difference in society through their careers and in their lives. 2016 honorees include: Paul Casciano, education, Class of 1970; Monica Corona (née Sica); education, Class of 1981; Sam DeMarco aka Chef SammyD, renowned culinary artist and restaurateur, Class of 1983; Brookhaven Town Councilman Dan Panico, government and public service, Class of 1996; and Tara Fogarty, an Emmy-nominated producer for the Rachael Ray Show, Class of 1999.
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Paul Casciano (1970)
Paul Casciano has been a public school educator for 41 years, all in the William Floyd School District. He was our Superintendent of Schools for nine years. Key among our achievements during Paul’s tenure were the establishment of educational and financial integrity in the operations of our district. He also served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent. Paul was named a National Distinguished Principal, New York State’s highest honor for Principals. Moriches Elementary School received multiple State and National awards during his tenure as Principal. He remains active in our community through various organizations. Paul is currently teaching college courses in school leadership.
Monica (Sica) Corona (1981)
Monica Corona has been employed at William Floyd for the past 28 years and currently serves as principal of Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School, a position she has held for the past 13 years. She was the new principal when Nathaniel Woodhull was transformed into a K-5 school in 2003, and unified teachers, staff and students from the other four existing elementary schools to form a new school. Monica began her career at William Floyd as an elementary teacher at Tangier Smith Elementary and later became an assistant principal at John S. Hobart Elementary. She is co-president of the Suffolk County Elementary Principals Association. Monica is very involved with the ALS Foundation and has raised thousands of dollars for this worthy cause.
Sam DeMarco (1983)
Chef Sam DeMarco, William Floyd High School Class of 1983, appreciates his start in Ms. Green’s “Home Ec” class, which inspired him to continue cooking. He graduated from NYIT Central Islip in 1987 with a certificate in Culinary Arts. At NYIT, he received the inaugural “Chef Award” for Most Likely to Succeed – and that he did. Chef DeMarco rose through the ranks in the most prestigious kitchens of NYC during the 1980s, when the American culinary scene was on the brim of exploding. Chef Demarco has since developed, and opened numerous large projects – FIRST, Rattlecan, SammyD’s, Merrywell(s), the Travel Channel show Chow Masters and much more! He and his wife, Ellen, have three children, Dakota, Delilah and Mossimo. Keep It Hot!!!
Tara Fogarty (1999)
Tara Fogarty is an Emmy-nominated television producer for the nationally syndicated Rachael Ray Show. During her time at William Floyd, she was a Rockette, chorus member, NYSSMA honoree and theater participant. She graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a Bachelor’s in mass communications and a concentration in production. Throughout her successful career, she held positions with MTV Beach House, Project Runway, Wife Swap, The Doctors and the Rachael Ray Show. Tara is engaged to Joseph Graziano and has planned their wedding for June 2016. She credits her success to her loving family, especially her mother, Eileen, who has been her biggest source of inspiration and strength.
Daniel J. Panico (1996)
Dan Panico currently serves as Councilman and Deputy Supervisor for the Town of Brookhaven. He has authored landmark legislation including the tax cap, anti-nepotism law and sweeping ethics reform. A pioneer in the areas of land use, zoning and planning, he has preserved hundreds of acres of farmland and open space, worked to prevent over development, and has emphasized redevelopment of our existing developed lands. He is credited with spearheading the most aggressive crackdown on illegal housing and blighted structures in the history of Brookhaven Town. Raising the quality of life for all has been the hallmark of his tenure.