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     January

    Please join me in congratulating the following staff members who were selected as Employees of the Month.

    Charlie Cole, Lavatory Aide, PMHS

    Mr. Cole works as a lavatory aide at Patchogue-Medford High School. His colleagues have expressed that he is an exceptional human being, demonstrating a positive, upbeat disposition and extreme generosity. Mr. Cole has made a significant impact on the students and staff that he interacts with through his generous donations of pins, belts and wallets, which have generated countless smiles. His genuine sincerity and daily contributions have made a lasting impression on our students and staff. In addition, he readily assists newcomers by helping them understand the lay of the land including where the bathrooms and time clocks are located, as well as any other questions that come his way. Mr. Cole takes the time to learn the names of students and staff throughout the building, and he makes everyone feel valued through his patience, kindness and positive attitude. The students and staff adore him, and we are grateful for the positive qualities that he exhibits, which represent a model for all to replicate. His enthusiasm and efforts when it comes to assisting our students and staff are greatly appreciated, and we look forward to his continued contributions.

    Gary Devine, Head Custodian Worker, River

    Mr. Devine is the Head Custodian at River Elementary. As a member of the River team, he always goes above and beyond the call of duty. Mr. Devine works collaboratively with the staff to ensure building needs are met, and his lighthearted personality helps to support a positive culture in the building. Each day, he takes the time to greet students as they enter the building and he knows many of the students by name, which helps to support sincerity and fosters positive relations. When specific adjustments are needed to accommodate students with special needs, Mr. Devine readily works with the occupational therapists to make the necessary changes. Recently, at the request of the staff, he figured out a way to display painted tiles in the cafeteria, promoting individuality and creativity for all to see and appreciate. His enthusiasm and efforts when it comes to assisting our students and staff are greatly appreciated, and we look forward to his continued contributions.

    Karen Trovitch, Kindergarten Teacher, Canaan

    Ms. Trovitch is a kindergarten teacher at Canaan Elementary. Her colleagues have noted that she is an extremely dedicated teacher evident in the planning and preparation she does throughout the summer to prepare for her literacy instruction. Many of the documents Ms. Trovitch created were so thoroughly well done that they were shared with her colleagues at the request of her Director. She has a thirst for knowledge and she embraces change that supports best instructional practice, and ultimately, increased student outcomes. Ms. Trovitch works closely with the literacy coach, and spends countless hours outside of the contractual day to improve her practice. She embodies the characteristics of a true professional, and she consistently reflects on her practice toward a constant cycle of improvement. She frequently works with our neediest student population, yet her student outcomes demonstrate that with proper nurturing and support there are no extrinsic factors that cannot be mediated with proven instructional methods. Her enthusiasm and efforts when it comes to assisting our students and staff are greatly appreciated, and we look forward to her continued contributions.

    These candidates represent some of the best of Patchogue-Medford and were nominated for their positivity, work ethic, spirit of collegiality and connection with students. We are honored to celebrate their contributions and the many more staff members who continue to exemplify the traits that make Patchogue-Medford stand out!