The William Floyd Alumni Association is set to honor its latest class of “Outstanding Educators” – teachers, administrators and mentors who have guided and mentored William Floyd students in their K-12 education. This year’s honorees include Linda Czarnomski, Kristen Drury, Toni Komorowski, Matthew Miller and Victoria Lampese-Terry, who have been nominated for this honor by former students. They will be honored at a special reception at the Rock Hill Country Club on Thursday, October 17.
“These five educators have made and continue to make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of their students,” said Kevin M. Coster, superintendent of schools, William Floyd School District. “They are passionate, knowledgeable and caring, exhibiting the utmost in professionalism in all that they do. They continue to make our schools and community proud each and every day.”
“This award is unique in that nominations are submitted by former students,” said Jon Geraci, WFHS Class of 1977, president, William Floyd Alumni Association. “Mr. Coster has said this in the past and I wholeheartedly agree – there is no greater honor for an educator than to be nominated for this award by a former student. The William Floyd Alumni Association is honored to recognize their contributions to the district, to our community and to the world.”
Proceeds from the Outstanding Educators Awards event helps to fund William Floyd Alumni Association initiatives such as scholarships, supplies for students, food drives and more.
The William Floyd Alumni Association Outstanding Educator Awards dinner is scheduled for Thursday, October 17, 2019, at the Rock Hill Golf & Country Club from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Tickets cost $60 per person or $115 per couple. The cost of the ticket increases to $65 at the door and the couple’s price will not be available. Tickets are $25 for children ages 5 – 12. All children ages four and under are free. Tickets can also be purchased online by clicking here.
About the Honorees
Linda (Mezzapelle) Czarnomski (click for full biography) graduated from William Floyd High School in 1979. After serving as the executive assistant for the Suffolk County Corrections Officers Association, Linda made the decision that she wanted to pursue a career in teaching. After graduating from St. Joseph’s College, she was hired as a special education teacher at William Paca Middle School. In 2003, she joined the newly opened William Floyd Middle School, where she currently teaches. She has served her school community in various club advisor roles including, and at present, the National Junior Honor Society. She encourages her students to develop partnerships and give back to the local community whenever they can through various efforts such as adopt-a-family, food and clothing drives, and much more.
Kristen Drury (click for full biography) is an award-winning chemistry teacher at William Floyd High School who is a leader in her field. She is a New York State Master Teacher Emeritus (Class of 2014), the 2018 American Association of Chemistry Teachers “High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year” and a past recipient of the Empire State Excellence in Teaching award. For the past several years, the College Board has tapped Ms. Drury for her expertise as an AP chemistry reader. She has also been published in the peer-reviewed journal, Chemistry Solutions.
At the age of 30, Toni Komorowski (click for full biography) decided upon a career change and went back to school to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming an educator. After 11 years of going to school part-time and eventually full-time, balanced with working and raising her children with her husband, she graduated from St. Joseph’s in February 2001 with her elementary and special education teaching certifications. She was hired in September of 2001 as a fourth-grade teacher at John S. Hobart Elementary and quickly became a teacher leader, serving as a science mentor, facilitating workshops and more. She earned former NYS Senator Caesar Trunzo’s “Educator of the Year” award in 2006 for her outstanding service to students. She went back to school to earn her Master’s degree in literacy education and eventually her administrative certification. After serving as an assistant principal in another district for two years, she rejoined William Floyd in 2010 as the principal of Tangier Smith Elementary School, a role that she still serves in today.
Matthew Miller (click for full biography) spent his entire K-12 career at William Floyd graduating from the high school in 2002. During his time as a student, Matthew excelled in the classroom and on the athletic fields (lacrosse and football) graduating in the top 10% of his class and earning numerous athletic accolades which led to a lacrosse scholarship at NYIT. Matthew played professional lacrosse for one year before returning to the area to pursue his dream of becoming an educator. Matthew soon joined the teaching ranks of the William Floyd School District 12 years ago. He spent the first five years of his career as a fourth grade at John S. Hobart Elementary School, and the last seven as a fifth-grade teacher. He also serves as the John S. Hobart Math Olympiad advisor, as a math ambassador for the district, and as a new teacher mentor.
Victoria Lampese-Terry (click for full biography) began a 31-year teaching career for the William Floyd School District at Moriches Elementary School in 1982. She taught special education self-contained fifth grade for 21 years followed by teaching ICT (integrated co-teaching) third grade for 10 years. She also served as the advisor of the “Just Say No to Drugs” club, participated in the application process for Moriches Elementary NYS School of Excellence Blue Ribbon awards, implemented grade level assemblies as well as the “Reading to Dogs” program with her ICT classes. She was nominated for the NYS Better Beginnings Award in 1994 and received the SCOPE Shining Star Teacher Service Award in 2013. Victoria retired from the William Floyd School District in June 2013.
Outstanding Educator Award past recipients: Mary Arslanian, Jude Bouer, Candy Carro, Patty Casey,Peter Clarry, Michael Cordaro, Beth Cutrone, Richard Daly, Chip Ezelius, Dr. Keith Fasciana, Robert Feeney, Donna Gaspari, Ron Gross, Bill Hennessy, Dick Horton, Joe Hurley, Alphonse Leonette, Paul Longo, Mike Merolla, Flora Metrick, Laura Mole, Dori Orofino, Terrance Phelan, Bill Pike, Ed Pinto, Karen Poidomani, John Raptis, E. Marianne Ritz, Denise Robertson, Marge Sabbeth, Phil Scotto, Mary Schultz, Phyllis Siano, Nikki Stallone, Stephen Stengel, Ruth Trimble and Frank Turso.