Five members of the William Floyd school community were recently honored as “Shining Stars” at the SCOPE Education Services School District 18th annual awards dinner held recently at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. Honorees are selected based upon exemplary service to the William Floyd school community.
This 2019 Shining Stars include April Coppola, Board of Education trustee, receiving the School Board Service Award; Kristen Drury, science teacher, William Floyd High School, receiving the Teacher Service Award; Kristine Gawlowski, support staff, Tangier Smith Elementary School, receiving the Support Staff Service Award; Toni Komorowski, principal, Tangier Smith Elementary School, receiving the Administrator Service Award; and Lorraine Meyer, teaching assistant, John S. Hobart Elementary School, receiving the Community Service Award.
Congratulations to the honorees and thank you for your dedication to the William Floyd School District school community!
William Floyd’s 2019 Shining Stars:
Board Service Award – April Coppola
Board of Education trustee April Coppola is a well-respected school and community leader that has been part of the William Floyd community all throughout her life – as an alumna, a parent, a PTO member and now a trustee on the Board of Education. She currently has three children attending William Floyd schools. Ms. Coppola’s top priority is the needs of our students. She has a tireless work ethic and is well-versed on local, state and national issues pertaining to education, particularly those affecting the William Floyd School District. She is an extremely caring and approachable individual who brings a problem-solving style of leadership, which continues to enhance and improve the entire district and community. The district is fortunate to have her on its team.
Community Service Award – Lorraine Meyer
Lorraine Meyer serves as a teaching assistant at John S. Hobart Elementary School, who also does so much for others on a daily basis as a resident and community member. Her commitment to her students and the district is well known by those who have been fortunate enough to work with her. She is always looking out for the needs of her students by assisting in food, coat and other donation drives to help her students and their families. She also volunteers her time to help children with their homework! Additionally, Mrs. Meyer is instrumental in organizing a local fall festival and helping to raise money for various worthwhile causes such as scholarships for students and cancer fundraisers.
Teacher Service Award – Kristen Drury
Kristen Drury has served as a chemistry teacher at William Floyd High School for the past 13 years. During that time, she has earned the well-deserved reputation as an exceptional and dedicated educator. In 2018, she was selected to receive the inaugural American Association of Chemistry Teachers “High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year” award. She also continues to be a meaningful contributor to the district’s New Teacher Institute and provides invaluable professional development to her colleagues. Past accolades include earning the Empire State “Excellence in Teaching Award” and being named a New York State Master Teacher. She is also a published author in the journal Chemistry Solutions, as well as a College Board chemistry reader for the AP chemistry exam in 2017 and 2018.
Support Staff Service Award – Kristine Gawlowski
Kristine Gawlowski, a cafeteria monitor at Tangier Smith Elementary School, has inspired countless individuals through her selfless act of kindness – donating a kidney to a co-worker’s husband who was in dire need of a transplant due to having polycystic kidney disease. Despite personal struggles and challenges such as surviving two brain tumors, several reconstructive surgeries, being on a feeding tube for 11 months and losing her home in Superstorm Sandy, she selflessly donated her kidney to save another. The doctors told her that as a living donor she saved two people – the recipient and another due to a spot opening on the kidney transplant list. She is dedicated to her job and looks out for the children she supervises as if they were her own.
Administrator Service Award – Toni Komorowski
Toni Komorowski has served in many capacities during her tenure at William Floyd. As a teacher, she worked tirelessly with her students to build relationships and support their high achievement. As a literacy coach, she applied her deep knowledge of balanced literacy with her mastery of the classroom to provide support to other teachers in developing their skills. Through her strong work ethic, knowledge and relationship-building, Ms. Komorowski has emerged as a highly-effective building leader who is intuitive to the needs of her students, families and staff. Her talents transcend her building, as she supports teachers districtwide, mentors new principals, and serves as a valuable collaborator with the administrative team.