The Harborfields Board of Education was thrilled to recognize several exceptional staff members at its meeting on Jan. 22.
First, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Administration Dr. Rory Manning congratulated high school girls varsity soccer coach Scott Wallace, who was recently named New York State Coach of the Year by the NYS Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports. Unfortunately, Mr. Wallace was unable to attend the board meeting, however that didn’t stop Dr. Manning from recognizing him just the same.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Scott for many years,” Dr. Manning said. “He is a class act through and through both in the classroom and on the field. He’s a great role model for our students and our staff.”
Director of Physical Education, Health, Athletics and Health Medical Services John Valente referred to Mr. Wallace as the “go to coach” in the high school soccer circuit in Suffolk County.
“He is an outstanding role model to his players and treats all his students and student athletes with respect,” Mr. Valente said.
Dr. Manning also introduced Oldfield Middle School library staff Judy Boshnack, Sarah Zagaja, Eileen Rehm, Margaret Gadamowitz, Kelly MacKay and Suzann Ritchel. Last month, the team hosted a “Books, Bits and Bites” professional development workshop for teachers and teaching assistants. Educators explored different science technology, engineering and mathematics learning opportunities and how to easily implement them into their classrooms.
Additionally, participants used Ozobots, took a tour of the library led by a robot and explored coding opportunities in the school’s maker space.
“The board is grateful that our library is a learning hub for all of our students and we thank the hard work and dedication of our fabulous team,” Dr. Manning said.