Five members of the William Floyd school community were selected as “Shining Stars” at the 17th annual SCOPE Education Services School District Awards Dinner held earlier this spring. Honorees are selected based upon exemplary service to education and the William Floyd School District.
This year’s Shining Stars include: Barbara Mehmel, John S. Hobart Elementary School PTO and Blessings in a Backpack coordinator receiving the Community Service Award; Dawn Mitterando, William Floyd High School clerk typist receiving the Support Staff Service Award; Christine Els, John S. Hobart Elementary School teacher receiving the Teacher Service Award; Ronald Gross, William Floyd High School social studies teacher receiving the Teacher Service Award; and Monica Corona, principal, Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School receiving the Administrator Service Award.
Congratulations to the honorees and thank you for your dedication to the William Floyd School District school community!
About William Floyd’s 2018 Shining Stars
Community Service Award – Barbara Mehmel
Ms. Mehmel has served as a dedicated PTO member for the past 11 years at John S. Hobart including the last three as president. She is a true advocate for children who never loses focus of the mission of the PTO, which, as a result, inspires others to do the same. Ms. Mehmel has tremendous leadership capabilities, and leads by example. Some of her initiatives include helping feed our neediest students over the weekends when school meal programs are not available, and raising money to support various building initiatives. With five children in the district, Ms. Mehmel has been described as a kind, generous and tireless advocate for children.
Support Service Award – Dawn Mitterando
Ms. Mitterando has worked as a clerk typist in the William Floyd School District for the past 11 years in the athletic department and most recently, the high school. She works diligently to ensure that the office runs efficiently and is always willing to lend support when called upon. Her dedication and commitment to the district is evident in her work every day. She is a caring professional who easily develops trust and rapport with students, faculty, staff and parents. She always demonstrates integrity and honesty. Additionally, Ms. Mitterando serves as the president of her building clerical staff union. She works collaboratively with employees and provides leadership and advocacy for her members. She excels in everything she does and is a dependable, dedicated and a valued member of our team.
Teacher Service Award – Christine Els
Ms. Els is a highly-effective veteran special education teacher and resident of the William Floyd School District who has earned the well-deserved reputation of problem-solver as both a teacher and a leader at John S. Hobart Elementary School. She has inspired countless students with her compassionate and intelligent approach to educating both the academic and social needs of her students. Over the course of her career, Ms. Els has been highly successful in a multitude of different teaching positions along the special education continuum and has met each assignment with the same excitement and effort which has led to successful student learning and achievement. She is a highly-trusted individual among her peers and supervisors and can always be counted on to be part of a problem-solving process at both the school and district levels.
Teacher Service Award – Ronald Gross
Mr. Gross is a lifelong resident and proud alumnus of William Floyd High School who has taught social studies at his high school alma mater for 29 years. He also serves as the curator of the Rita Rech Museum of WFSD History making it a mission to ensure that William Floyd students are aware of their communities’ rich history by holding local history classes in the museum. Mr. Gross also leads a bus tour for all newly-hired teachers to help familiarize them with district communities. His efforts in helping our students learn about and take pride in their local communities have had an immeasurable impact in increasing school and community pride. He also serves as president of the nearly 700-member William Floyd United Teachers.
Administrator Service Award – Monica Corona
Ms. Corona is a WFSD alumna, served as an elementary teacher, staff developer, and was promoted to assistant principal before opening Nathaniel Woodhull (K-5 school) as the principal, a role that she has served in for the past 15 years. As a strong child advocate who recognizes the value of every child who walks into her school, she is approachable and caring to her school community. She is the co-president of the SC Elementary Principals Association as well as an executive board member and treasurer for the WF Council of Administrators & Supervisors. She is involved with the ALS Ride for Life and has helped raise awareness and funds for this worthy cause. Her leadership transcends traditional instruction and serves as a model by leading from the heart.