The William Floyd School District Board of Education recently recognized five members of its school community – from the staff, faculty, administration and the board of education – who were recently honored as “Shining Stars” by SCOPE Education Services at the 15th annual School District Awards Dinner. Honorees are chosen based upon their exemplary service to education and to the William Floyd School District.
This year’s class of honorees includes, Robert Guerriero, trustee, Board of Education, receiving the School Board Service Award; Elizabeth Hamid, transportation coordinator assistant, receiving the Support Staff Award; Wendy Gross, teacher, Tangier Smith Elementary School, receiving the Teacher Service Award; Mike Goodwin, teacher, William Floyd High School, receiving the Teacher Service Award; and Dr. Keith Fasciana, principal, William Floyd Elementary School, receiving the Administrator Service Award.
“On behalf of the William Floyd School District, I congratulate the honorees on this well-deserved recognition,” said Kevin M. Coster, Superintendent of Schools, William Floyd School District. “These five individuals are truly deserving of this award and are representative of the wonderful faculty, staff, administration and Board of Education that do so much for our students and community on a daily basis.”
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About William Floyd’s Shining Stars:
School Board Service Award recipient
Robert Guerriero, a trustee on the William Floyd Board of Education, has served in this capacity since his appointment to a vacant position in 2011. He was then elected in 2012 for the remainder of the vacancy and again in 2013 to a full three-year term. Mr. Guerriero has served and continues to serve in various school and community groups including school district budget advisory committees, the Rotary Club of Shirley and the Mastics, the William Floyd Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament, which has raised almost $500,000 in student scholarships, and more. Bob and his wife, Karen, have two daughters, Karen and Kristie, both of whom are William Floyd graduates. He has been a devoted William Floyd community member since 1986.
Support Service Award recipient
Elizabeth Hamid joined the William Floyd School District in 2009 and quickly became an integral part of the transportation department. She was instrumental in implementing new and more efficient routing software. Her in-depth understanding of the transportation department along with excellent customer service skills has been well recognized and received. She continues to go above and beyond when dealing with both internal and external parties. During the economic downturn, Elizabeth managed the complete overhaul of the transportation department from a three- to a four-tier system and back again. She did it with incredible professionalism and precision. During the 2015-16 school year she helped to develop a transportation request for proposal and bid to provide the district with the most cost-effective transportation solution. She is an incredible example of a shining star.
Teacher Service Award recipients
Wendy Gross’s contribution to the William Floyd School District transcends the four walls of her kindergarten classroom at Tangier Smith Elementary School. She is highly instrumental with parent involvement initiatives, such as empowering parent volunteers in the classroom and fostering participation in their child’s education. She assumes an instructional leadership role within the building, working with teachers to increase student achievement. In a tireless attempt to deepen the interdependence of the community’s resources, Wendy serves on the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library Board of Trustees and broadens her role by finding opportunities to merge the school community with the library. In addition, Wendy has freely worked with our local resources to support the needs of the community, particularly her students.
Michael Goodwin has been a teacher-leader with the William Floyd School District since 1992. He has contributed greatly to the math department and has supported and facilitated the integration of mathematics into our Career and Technical Education Automotive Technology and Building Trades & Construction programs. He has been a teacher in our Center for Interim Instruction program and has mentored many new teachers during his tenure. He recently led the initiative for the development of a Math 12 course, which was designed to help facilitate college and career readiness. He worked with a district team to understand the needs of our college-bound students and align the curriculum to college expectations. He has been a leader in the teacher’s union and has facilitated productive discussions between district leadership and teachers. His easygoing style and attitude make him a true pleasure to work with, even during the most challenging discussions. His contribution to the William Floyd School District reaches beyond his classroom and department. He is a true teacher-leader.
Administrator Service Award recipient
Dr. Keith Fasciana, principal of William Floyd Elementary School, has served the William Floyd School District in many capacities, including in the roles of coach, teacher and nearly 10 years as an administrator. Within his building, he has led initiatives such as the integration of instructional technology, as well as developing and piloting the departmentalization of math and English language arts in grades 3-5. He works diligently with the outside community to access resources for his students, and provides a safe and nurturing environment for both students and staff. Dr. Fasciana mentors and empowers teachers to embrace innovation as they face the academic challenges of preparing students to become effective learners.