AVON-BY-THE-SEA — Two Avon Elementary School teachers were recognized by the board of education and honored with induction into the Avon School Hall of Fame.
Joanne M. Barry completed a career of 28 years, beginning her Avon experience in 1973, as the board of education secretary. Over the years, Mrs. Barry also served as business administrator.
Superintendent Christopher Albrizio read a letter at the ceremony on behalf of Ms. Barry’s colleague, John Gatta, who was unable to attend.
“You’ve done a great job with our youth, the staff and the town of Avon,” Mr. Gatta wrote. “You’ve left a lasting impact that will be very difficult to challenge.”
Vincent Nappo, the second Hall of Fame inductee, began his career in 1969 as a coach and teacher.
Mr. Nappo was introduced at the ceremony by board President Ken Child, who said he has had the pleasure of knowing him not only in his professional career, but also as a coach.
Having many coaching positions over the years, Mr. Nappo stood out in 1977, leading both the girls and boys basketball teams to a first place division title.
Mr. Nappo went on to coach St. Rose and other area teams but never left Avon. Over time, he has served the borough not only as a teacher and educator but as a firefighter. He has been active with recreation basketball in various positions and continues working in the school as a lunchroom aide.
“Vinny retired in 2002 but we dragged him back in 2006 to help us out as athletic coordinator, and since then he’s still coaching, still here supervising our students,” said Mr. Child.
“You have to be a little lucky, you have to be at the right place at the right time and I was. I’m still here,” said Mr. Nappo. “I want to thank a lot of people for showing up, I know there’s a lot of people I’ve coached,” he said, adding that Chief of Police Terence Mahon is among them.
Mr. Albrizio presented a plaque to both inductees and said that a larger plaque will remain in the school for years to come.
“Each time you visit Avon school, your name will always be on the wall here for the impact you made to the community. We just thank you so very much,” said Mr. Albrizio.
After the ceremony, Sandy Trochanowski was recognized for her recent retirement. Mrs. Trochanowski began her career in 1978 as an educator, and worked in the Avon School for 15 years.
“It has been my honor and privilege to end my teacher career here at Avon School … I’ve been blessed to work with amazing teachers who have become my lifelong friends.”
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