The William Floyd Alumni Association honored its newest class of Outstanding Educators – teachers, administrators and mentors who have helped guide their students along the way in their K-12 education at William Floyd. This year’s honorees, who like those in the past have been nominated by their former students, include Peter Clarry, Alphonse Leonette, Terrance Phelan and Nikki Stallone.
“These four educators have made a lasting impact on the lives of many students,” said Kevin M. Coster, Superintendent of Schools. “There is no greater honor than for an educator than to be nominated for this award by a former student,” he added. “I thank the William Floyd Alumni Association for providing this wonderful opportunity to recognize what they have accomplished in their careers at William Floyd.”
“Peter, Alphonse, Terrance and Nikki have been kind, supportive, knowledgeable and passionate about education throughout their tenure at William Floyd,” said Jackie (Intonato) Eglevsky, William Floyd High School Class of 1964, President, William Floyd Alumni Association. “They have left an enduring legacy at William Floyd that will continue to have an impact on their students for years to come.”
The 2018 Class of William Floyd Alumni Association Outstanding Educators join 33 past recipients: Mary Arslanian, Jude Bouer, Candy Carro, Patty Casey, Michael Cordaro, Beth Cutrone, Richard Daly, Chip Ezelius, Dr. Keith Fasciana, Robert Feeney, Donna Gaspari, Ron Gross, Bill Hennessy, Dick Horton, Joe Hurley, Paul Longo, Mike Merolla, Flora Metrick, Laura Mole, Dori Orofino, Bill Pike, Ed Pinto, Karen Poidomani, John Raptis, E. Marianne Ritz, Denise Robertson, Phil Scotto, Marge Sabbeth, Mary Schultz, Phyllis Siano, Stephen Stengel, Ruth Trimble and Frank Turso.
Proceeds from the Outstanding Educators Awards event helps to fund many William Floyd Alumni Association initiatives such as scholarships and programming supplies for students, kindergarten supply packets, food drives and more.
About the Honorees
Peter Clarry was hired as a fourth-grade teacher at Nathaniel Woodhull in 1975. After seven years teaching fourth grade, he transferred to the semi-departmental fifth-grade program at John S. Hobart. After six years teaching fifth grade at Hobart, Pete took the opportunity to teach on a five-person team at Woodhull, where he would spend his last 19 years at William Floyd.
Alphonse Leonette spent 31 years in the William Floyd School District teaching biology, outdoor survival, marine science and general earth science. Retiring in 2008, Al bade farewell to his classroom and to the students of William Floyd High School. However, the bonds of friendship and support that developed with many fellow teachers, administrators and staff members will last a lifetime for which he is grateful and honored.
In 1982, Terrance Phelan began teaching physical education and coaching in the William Floyd School District. He also started the kid wrestling program for third through sixth graders. In the 34 years that Terry coached at William Floyd, he helped develop more than 50 league champs, more than 55 county place winners, seven county champs, seven state place finishers, three state champions, five Division I college wrestlers and one national junior college champ.
Nikki Stallone was hired in 1999 as a second grade teacher in Moriches Elementary School. Nikki then transferred to Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School where she taught first grade. Recently Nikki became the assistant principal at Moriches Elementary School, coming full circle to the building in which she began her William Floyd career.