Middle Country Central School District Staff Honored for Exceptional Work and Dedication to District and Community

Fifteen members of the Middle Country Central School District staff received recognition at the thirteenth annual Special Performance/Achievement Recognition and Commendation (SPARC) Award Ceremony, which recognizes staff members for their exceptional community service and proven activism within the District. Town of Brookhaven Councilman Kevin LaValle was in attendance to present certificates to the recipients and honor them for their continued contributions to the Middle Country community.


Various student and community organizations helped recognize the deserving staff. The Dawnwood Middle School Jazz Ensemble and Centereach High School String Quartet provided a selection of music for the event.           


The SPARC award winners are nominated by colleagues and placed into one of three categories: Quiet Hero, for those who humbly perform outstanding deeds for the District; Distinguished Service, for staff that has consistently shown their commitment and support for the District, or; Community Service, recognizing those who volunteer their time to go above and beyond to benefit the community. Below are the recipients of each award:


Quiet Hero:

Tracy Subject, Teacher, Selden Middle School           

Susan Iadanza, Social Studies Teacher, Newfield High School

Ryan Maloney, Operations


Distinguished Service:

Mary Strong, Teacher Selden Middle School

Kristin Anschutz, Teacher, New Lane Elementary School

Julia Conlon, Teacher, North Coleman Elementary School

Peter Desjardins, Coordinator of District Data Services

Dr. Dianne Picone, Assistant Principal, Centereach High School

Carol McCormick, Monitor, Selden Middle School

Ruth O’Shea, Teacher, Selden Middle School

Meredith Graham, Bus Driver, Transportation

Heather Hanley, Teacher, Bicycle Path PreK/Kindergarten Center

Jennifer Harrison, Director of Pupil Personnel Services


Community Service:

Melissa Bukowski, Teacher, New Lane Elementary School

Donna Mahony, Teacher, New Lane Elementary School


For more information regarding Middle Country Central School District and its students’ and faculty’s many achievements, please visit the District’s website: https://www.mccsd.net/.