LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — Five members of the Sachem Central School District community were honored for their dedication and commitment to education as part of the annual awards from Scope Education Services.
Jonathan Metzger - Support Staff Services Award
Jonathan Metzger, who has served the Sachem community for nearly 36 years in the groundskeeping department, received the award for support staff services. Metzger is also a Sachem alumnus and still resides in the district, where he has raised his family.
SCOPE wrote, “He is an active and loyal member of our community, where he is known for his care and compassion for others. Jonathan’s work ethic is second to none. He takes great pride in his work and wears his uniform with respect for our district. Jonathan is diligent in every assigned task and goes above and beyond by ensuring all is in good order for all student events and activities. He has truly demonstrated what it means to be the best and has provided outstanding service to the school district.”
Dorothy Roberts - School Board Service Award
Dorothy Roberts, vice president of the Sachem Central School District Board of Education, received the School Board Service Award.
SCOPE wrote, “Mrs. Roberts has given a great deal of her time as a volunteer and mentor. She has volunteered for PTA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, guest speaker and community organizations. She has been a Sachem Board of Education trustee for three terms. She is a member of the Sachem Audit Committee, Legislative Committee and Policy Committee. Dorothy is also the legislative liaison to the New York State School Boards Association. In addition to her service to the Sachem community, she is vice president of hotel operations for Oxford Hospitality. Dorothy has received numerous professional awards, including the 2017 award for Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business on Long Island and Long Island Times 2019 Most Powerful Women Award.”
Neely McCahey - Community Service Award
Neely McCahey, director of the Sachem Public Library in Holbrook, has received the Community Service Award.
SCOPE wrote, “Neely and her entire staff are great partners to the Sachem Central School District. Under her leadership, with the support of the library board, the position of Community Engagement Coordinator was created. The coordinator now has a team, and they can be found in our schools all of the time. The library team visited the schools 171 times in 2019. They attend Back to School Nights, orientations, and STEAM visits with English, math and science classes. Additionally, they participate in district summer enrichment programs. The district is lucky to work with Neely and the entire team at the Sachem Public Library.”
Pat Aubrey - Administrator Service Award
Pat Aubrey, principal of Chippewa Elementary School in Holtsville, has received the Administrator Service Award.
SCOPE wrote, “Pat has served the Sachem Central School District for 30 years. Pat is overseeing a buildingwide focus on reading, and her school participates in the annual Chippewa Mini-Marathon. Pat embodies a servant leadership style, as she approaches all of her work with great pride, care and sensitivity. We look forward to Pat’s continued work and feel great pride that she is an integral part of our leadership team.
Katie Trentowski - Teacher Service Award
Katie Trentowski, a Sachem elementary teacher since 2001, has received the Teacher Service Award.
SCOPE wrote, “She works tirelessly to meet the needs of her students and incorporates teaching strategies that support student growth and independence. Katie conducts small group instruction daily for every student in her room, has a ‘book of the day’ read loud connected to District initiatives and offers flexible seating in her classroom. Katie emerged as both an example and resource to her colleagues during the adoption of a new math instructional model. Katie further contributes to Sachem through her service on various committees and serves as a building union representative. Katie is a selfless educator who provides her students with effective instruction and social-emotional support every day.”
SCOPE Education Services, founded in 1964, is a private, not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, permanently chartered by the New York State Board of Regents to provide services to school districts in New York State. Services offered to local school districts include programs for educators, parents and children. SCOPE offerings include professional development, conferences, training, child care, preschool, elementary enrichment courses, outdoor education, summer environmental adventure programs and workshops/speakers bureau for parents and students. In addition SCOPE provides services for employment including courses required for New York State certification. SCOPE represents Long Island as a regional study council and is a member of the Study Council Alliance of New York State (SCANYS) and the National School Development Council (NSDC).