South Country Teacher Garners Influential Educator Award

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The District is pleased to announce that Frank P. Long Intermediate School teacher David Perkins received the Influential Educator Award from New York State Senator Monica R. Martinez. The award was presented during the senator’s annual Black History Month Celebration, “African Americans and the Vote,” held on February 28, at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club in Bellport and to honor individuals who are making a difference in the community.

Mr. Perkins has served the District for 16 years. Currently teaching fifth grade, Mr. Perkins is famous throughout the school community for hosting Bowtie Tuesday. On this day each month, students wear bowties and hair ribbons to feel better about themselves while being reminded about their goals to become more responsible and mature. The students also listen to speakers who provide tips for success in school and in life.

“Students should see glimmers of the best versions of themselves,” Mr. Perkins said. “It’s also important that education be fun.”

Mr. Perkins is also a shining example of how to give back to the community. An Islandia resident, Mr. Perkins has served as a volunteer firefighter in Central Islip for the past three years and is currently learning to drive a firetruck. He also demonstrates a desire to improve his school community through participation in a variety of programs, committees and events. He has served on the Shared Decision Making Team at FPL, Math Day and was basketball coach for the Bellport Middle School team. More recently, Mr. Perkins served on the District’s Technology Committee, assisted in Math 24 tournaments at FPL and is currently an adviser on the FPL Lego Robotics Club.

However, Mr. Perkins goal is always the same — to do his best to improve the success of his students academically and in life.

The District congratulates Mr. Perkins on this outstanding achievement.