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Seaford Celebrates Service Past and Future

“This is a tremendous night of celebration,” Seaford School District Superintendent Dr. Adele Pecora said in her opening remarks to a packed auditorium on June 13. The Seaford Board of Education held its annual staff recognition night to honor both retiring staff and newly-tenured educators. 

Dr. Pecora recognized three administrators who are retiring after a collective 46 years in the district. Manor Elementary School Principal Debra Emmerich and Seaford Middle School Principal Daniel Smith have each spent 18 years in Seaford, including 14 as leaders of their respective buildings. Caroline Stringer, assistant principal of Harbor Elementary School, is retiring after a decade of service to Seaford’s children. 

Other retirees include Debra Mountanos, Ellen Ruggiero, Denise Stevens and Joan Zabawski from Manor, Stacey Ranzie and Joanne Stacey from the middle school, and Laura Maciag, Joanne Palmieri and Dr. Alvin Pitkow from the high school. Dr. Pitkow, a psychologist, led all retirees with more than 40 years of service to the district.

Each retiree received a plaque and a crystal apple that symbolized their profound impact on students, colleagues and the community, and served as token of acknowledgment for their significant educational contributions. The high school’s Viking Voices ensemble, under the direction of Yvonne Bendzolwicz, honored retirees with musical selections, including “Cup-Song” by Anna Kendrick and its memorable lyric, “you’re gonna miss me when I’m gone.” 

Dr. Pecora and trustees also recognized Andrea Parisi, who is departing from the Board of Education after six years. Her two terms included stints as both president and vice president. Current board President Lisa Herbert called Ms. Parisi a staunch advocate for students, parents and teachers, and said she made all of her decisions with a student-first mindset. 

This year’s tenure recipients included Seaford High School Principal Nicole Schnabel, high school teachers Maria Accardi-Nardone and John Panus, middle school social worker Amanda Robilotto and special education teacher Joseph Nastasi, and Harbor elementary teacher Katharine Black.

“This is truly an accomplishment and proud moment for all of us,” said Dr. Sheena Jacob, assistant superintendent for human resources and instructional support. “Their attainment of tenure reflects their dedication, professionalism and commitment to our schools, students and community.”

Date Added: 06/27/2024