The William Floyd School District Board of Education recently recognized five members of its school community including two teachers, a teaching assistant, a principal and a community leader for being selected as “Shining Stars” at the 16th annual SCOPE Education Services School District Awards Dinner. Honorees are selected based upon exemplary service to education and the William Floyd School District.
This year’s honorees include: Beth Wahl, president of the William Floyd Community Summit, receiving the Community Service Award; Arlene Gross, teaching assistant, John S. Hobart Elementary School, receiving the Teacher Service Award; Debra Flynn, teacher, John S. Hobart Elementary School, receiving the Teacher Service Award; Lillian Bilello, teacher, William Floyd High School, receiving the Teacher Service Award; and Eileen Filippone, principal, Moriches Elementary School, receiving the Administrator Service Award.
Additionally, Kevin M. Coster, Superintendent of Schools, William Floyd School District, received the first U.S. Army Leadership Award for outstanding vision, dedication and commitment to education. Lieutenant Colonel Matt Balint (U.S. Army), who presented the award, explained that William Floyd was chosen because it is a district that demonstrates commitment to developing leaders and one that “exemplifies academic excellence while focusing on intangible leadership traits, similar to the Army values, in their young men and women who will make their local community and nation stronger.”
ABOUT WILLIAM FLOYD’S 2017 SHINING STARS
Beth Wahl – Community Service Award
Beth Wahl is an invaluable member of the William Floyd community. She serves in a variety of community leadership roles including as the president of the William Floyd Community Summit and the Chamber of Commerce of the Mastics and Shirley. She also serves as the secretary of the Atlantic Community Activity Center, and, as a member of Governor Cuomo’s New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program Task Force, the Town of Brookhaven Airport Advisory Committee, the Tri-Hamlet Community Day Committee and the Career and Technology Education Advisory Board at William Floyd High School. Beth’s commitment to the residents of our community is second to none; she works tirelessly to ensure the needs of the community and district are met. She is a shining star in our community.
Lillian Bilello, teacher, William Floyd High School – Teacher Service Award
Ms. Lillian Bilello is a passionate educator who is truly dedicated to her craft. She epitomizes a lifelong learner, refining and reflecting her teaching not only every day but every lesson. She has served the William Floyd School District for more than 12 years and completed the rigorous National Teacher Certification in 2015. Ms. Bilello is an extremely positive force in our high school, her broad smile and cheerful disposition sets an example for all. Her dedication goes well beyond her classroom as a leader within her department. She has been an ambassador, a new teacher mentor, and participated on multiple building committees during her tenure. Yet, it is her belief in all students’ abilities and her encouragement and constant support of each individual that has had the greatest impact on the William Floyd community.
Debra Flynn, teacher, John S. Hobart Elementary School – Teacher Service Award
Debra Flynn has served as an educator within the William Floyd School District for more than 35 years and has made many great contributions to the students and families she has served. As a union representative, she has worked closely with her membership to support their professional expectations and to steward new teachers. She has been instrumental in developing John S. Hobart Elementary School’s new leadership initiative and serves on the health and safety committee. She is described by her principal as “a driving force in positive change made in the building over the past several years.” Deb has also demonstrated her value on district-wide initiatives. Currently she serves in the role of an elementary ambassador, in which she is charged with furthering the learning of her building colleagues with respect to learning standards and instruction. She has also made great contributions to the many elementary mentors by developing a curriculum that better meets the needs of our newest teachers for a more supportive experience.
Arlene Gross, teaching assistant, John S. Hobart Elementary School – Teacher Service Award
Arlene Gross is a lifelong resident of the William Floyd school community and has been an essential member of the John S. Hobart Elementary School staff for more than 30 years. She has devoted countless hours to meet the academic and social needs of generations of students at Hobart. Over the course of her career, Mrs. Gross has formed a very tight bond with all members of the Hobart school community and earned the praise and admiration of her colleagues and supervisors. Mrs. Gross is without a doubt, one of the brightest shining stars at John S. Hobart Elementary School.
Eileen Filippone, principal, Moriches Elementary School – Administrator Service Award
For the past decade, Eileen Filippone has been a highly successful principal at Moriches Elementary School. Throughout her tenure, she has worked to build a very strong team of educators, which has led to high levels of sustained success. Mrs. Filippone is ever present in the classrooms and hallways of Moriches Elementary School. She is viewed as a highly-intelligent leader who has instituted systems of progress-monitoring for student achievement that has led to a very positive culture in which strong instruction and measurable growth have led to academic and social successes for her students.