The Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education recently honored six retiring employees of the school district.
Albert G. Prodell Middle School Principal Kevin Vann spoke highly of guidance counselor Kelly Young for her 31 years of distinguished service to the students, citing her institutional knowledge of the school district, connection with multi-generational families and compassion for the students and fellow colleagues.
Wading River principal Lou Parrinello commended fourth grade teacher Marguerite Kitz and third grade teacher Kathryn Granzen, who both started in the district on the same date in 1988. He applauded both for their creativity, dedication and teaching styles and wished them joy and success in the next chapters of their lives.
Mr. Parrinello also recognized teaching assistants Mary Anne McCarrick, stating that she puts her heart into everything she does and inspiring so many students and families in the district and Yvonne Meyers for her positive spirit and helping children discover the joy of learning and literacy in the school library.
Nicoletta Onufrak, the Shoreham-Wading River High School’s library materials assistant, was recognized by Principal Frank Pugliese for her 38 years at the high school.
“Nikki has literally influenced thousands of students, teachers, parents and community members alike,” Mr. Pugliese said. “When I think about Nikki’s work ethic there are two things that come to mind, the first is that early is on time, on time is late, and late is fired. Nikki absolutely epitomizes that. The second is there’s only way to do a job and that’s the right way. Nikki [has] shown everyone how to do the job the right way.”
The Shoreham-Wading River School District thanks our retirees and wishes them great success in their new endeavors.