2016 NYSAEOP Award Recipients

2016 NYSAEOP Administrator of the Year

The 2016 NYSAEOP Administrator of the year is Brian Moore, Principal of Indian River Intermediate School in Philadelphia, NY.  He has worked for the Indian River Central School District since he began his career in education in 1999. 


Mr. Moore’s nomination was submitted by NYSAEOP member Kathy Booth.  According to Kathy, he has helped guide their school building out of the state spotlight of being identified as a “School of Needing Improvement.”  He has assisted in improving their building’s state test scores, is always encouraging staff and students to always do their best, and is very supportive in their endeavors in teaching and learning. 


Kathy also spoke to the fact that Mr. Moore encourages lifelong learning and is supportive of her membership in NYSAEOP.  He has taken the time to sit with her and teach her how to navigate some of the special computer programs necessary for her position as an office professional.  He always compliments her and her co-workers on jobs well done. 


Mr. Moore has an open door policy and is always open to new ideas and suggestions.  He always makes time for his staff, no matter how busy he may be.  He is very involved with his school – he attends all concerts, he emcee’s the annual talent show starring the students and organizes and attends fun activities for students.  He is supportive of the school’s STEM night, Science Fair, PTO and various after school clubs and utilizes these activities to promote the importance of education.  He has also been both basketball and baseball coach for Indian River Central Schools for 10 years. 


He is also involved in the community.  Since 2013 he has been a Volunteer Soccer Coach and Volunteer Basketball Coach for the YMCA of Watertown.  He’s a member of Team Red, White and Blue of Fort Drum/Watertown, which is a community outreach service organization that supports our military veterans, since 2014.  In 2015 he began serving as the Village of Dexter Planning Board Vice Chairman and this year he was the General Brown Youth Lacrosse Coach.  He is an avid runner and can often be found competing in local road races.  Kathy also mentioned that he supports Relay for Life and that he participates in fund raising for the Children’s Miracle Network. 


Mr. Moore resides in Dexter, NY.  His wife, Tricia, is a Reading teacher at Indian River Middle School.  They have two chil-dren, daughter Mackenzie who is 12 and son Brodie who is 7.  When asked what he likes to do in his “free” time, he responded “My greatest joy is enjoying my family and the events they are involved with through the year.  I take great pride in both of my children and their adventures.  Watching my daughter grace the stage to display her outstanding artistic skills and watching my son excel in the athletic arena are my favorite ways to spend a day away from work.  I am very blessed to have Tricia, Mackenzie and Brodie in my life.” 


In summary, to quote from Kathy’s final words on the application she submitted, “Mr. Moore is open minded , fair and a good listener.  He is willing to roll up his sleeves and dig in to help wherever it is needed.  He goes above and beyond for his students and staff.  He is always available and can be seen out and about the school visiting classrooms and the dining hall and says hello to everyone.  He takes pride in making our school environment inviting to us all.” 

2016 NYSAEOP Office Professional of the Year

The 2016 NYSAEOP Office Professional of the Year is Maria Drake, CEOE.  Maria is currently the Secretary to the Director of the Pupil Personnel Services for the Corning-Painted Post Area School District.  She has been an educational office professional for over 32 years.


Maria’s nomination was submitted by Karen Dutcher, Secretary to the Superintendent of the Corning-Painted Post Area School District.  In her recommendation she stated, “There is a lot that can be said about Maria but in sum and substance, Maria is a consummate professional.  She handles her duties in a highly professional manner, always treating parents, students and staff with the utmost respect and compassion.  Maria is a very organized individual who wears many hats.  She is an asset to her supervisor and those in her department.  She is the “go-to” person that many seek out knowing that their questions will be answered or help is on the way.  She works extremely hard at maintaining and managing relationships with all stakeholders.  I don’t think you will find a more dedicated individual who deserves the title of ‘Office Professional of the Year’.” 


Deborah Joseph, Director of Pupil Personnel Services, wrote “I wholeheartedly recommend Mrs. Maria Drake for Office Professional of the Year.  Mrs. Drake is an important member of our department.  She performs a multitude of vital functions and does them all with the highest quality and integrity.  As her direct supervisor, I rely on Mrs. Drake for the day to day operations of our office. PPS is a busy department. We are working to meet the needs of almost 900 students with disabilities. She skillfully interacts with the diverse staff members: teachers, teaching assistants, psychologists, social workers and the other PPS office professionals.  With her desk positioned right outside of my office door, I am amazed at the variety of situations she resolves before they get to my office.  I very much appreciate that she has been part of the PPS culture for so long that she has seen and dealt with most issues that arise.  Mrs. Drake is the first person people seek out for assistance.  She cheerfully and skillfully juggles the requests, needs and complaints of many people frequently throughout her day. 


Mrs. Drake interacts with parents almost daily.  She has formed positive and supportive relationships with many of our more vocal parents and helps to diffuse many difficult situations.  She has a kind manner and displays a willingness to listen to those who need to discuss, sometimes at length, their needs and demands.  I trust her skills in being supportive to parents while maintaining a high level of professionalism.” 


Maria has been very active in her local association, the Corning-Painted Post Association of Educational Office Professionals.  She is currently their President and previously served in this role from 2007-2011.  She has spent much time concentrating on Bylaws and Constitution as well as staff development. 


Maria has been a member of NYSAEOP since 2004.  She joined the NYSAEOP Executive Board when she accepted the position of Finger Lakes Region Director in 2012.  In 2014 the NYSAEOP Constitution and Bylaws were changed, abolishing the Region Director positions, at which time Maria was appointed to the position of Professional Development Co-Coordinator, a perfect fit considering her experience with staff development through her local association. 


Maria is also a member of NAEOP and has her Advanced III, Option I, PSP Certificate, as well as the distinction of Certified Education Office Employee.  She recertified her PSP Certificate in 2013. 


Maria is involved in the community as well.  She has been a member of the Painted Post Board of Trades since 2015 and serves as their Secretary.  She also serves on various committees at her church that reaches out to help the community and others. 

2016 NYSAEOP Isabel M. Paddock Student Scholarship Recipients:

Connor Thomas from Williamsville Central School District, son of Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Thomas.  Connor is currently attending Canisius College, majoring in Accounting.  His application was submitted by Joette Cappello.


James Carlin from Iroquois Central School District., son of Mr. & Mrs. Dave Carlin.  James is currently attending St. Bonaventure University, focusing on Business Management.  His application was submitted by Joette Cappello.


Haley Weeks from South Glens Falls Central School District, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Weeks.  Haley is currently attending  Franklin Pierce University.  Her application was submitted by  Deborah McNally, who read a letter of thanks from Haley at the Scholarship luncheon.

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