The Patrick F. Daly Award was established shortly after Mr. Daly’s death to honor his legacy of service to the community, a steadfast commitment to his students, and his leadership. The award has not been given in several years, but at the urging of the Daly family, Borough President Oddo decided to reinstate it to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Mr. Daly’s death. After carefully considering all the nominations of exemplary educators submitted by the public, members of the Daly family and Borough President Oddo’s staff selected Mr. Martuccio and Mr. Mohr to receive the award.
“In the past several months, I’ve met so many people who knew and respected Mr. Daly,” noted BP Oddo. “He truly left a lasting legacy in Staten Island and Brooklyn. It’s a great thing to remember a remarkable man and use his memory to honor two other wonderful exucations.”
At the ceremony, Mr. Daly’s son and nephew Pat Daly and David Pascarella spoke about their memories of him. Red Hook resident Wally Bazemore talked about Mr. Daly’s lasting impact on the community.
“He gave so much to our community. It’s not the same without him. Thank you for giving us your native son,” Mr. Bazemore said of Patrick Daly.
In addition, Christine Dooley, Principal at Pathways to Graduation, spoke about Mr. Mohr and Valerie Panzella, Assistant Principal at P.S. 13, described Mr. Martuccio’s accomplishments.
Paul Martuccio has 18 years of experience in the field of education. He began as a Special Education teacher at P.S. 18 before becoming an Assistant Principal at P.S. 21. He currently serves as principal of P.S. 13. Mr. Martuccio’s emphasis on teamwork has been a positive influence on staff as well as students. He has instituted numerous programs to support students and staff, including a mindfulness program that teaches staff and students how to relieve stress and calm themselves. In addition, he has created visual and performing arts programs, as well as a physical education program and a before-school morning academy at no cost to families. Mr. Martuccio’s commitment also extends to the students’ parents and families. He has built a community where parents feel welcome by encouraging open communication between parents and their child’s teacher, ensuring there are capable translators on hand to engage families who are non-English speaking. In addition to his work at P.S. 13, Mr. Martuccio was selected by the Superintendent of District 31 to facilitate a principal’s professional learning group.
A devoted teacher, Wilson Mohr has spent 37 years in the school system as a teacher and supervisor at I.S. 49, as a summer school teacher at I.S. 51, and as a camp teacher at P.S. 5, P.S. 6, and P.S. 42. Currently, Mr. Mohr is teaching TASC level classes at Pathways to Graduation at the St. George Hub. He has assisted in the pilot for a new TASC programming and scheduling model, affording the students even more testing opportunities. Though his immediate aim is to help his students pass the TASC exam, he teaches with the ultimate goal of inspiring a love of mathematics in all his students. As a companion to student advocacy, he has worked diligently to expand educational experiences inside and outside the classroom. To this end, he has undertaken the task of organizing field trips and experiences that are both informative and entertaining. Mr. Mohr has an enthusiasm for personal and professional growth and development, which helps his students figure out what their next steps are and what they can achieve.
Following the ceremony, BP Oddo unveiled a plaque honoring the recipients that will permanently hang in Borough Hall. A short reception followed with refreshments by the Port Richmond High School Culinary Department and music by the Susan E. Wagner High School Jazz Ensemble. Special thanks to CTV and the St. George Theatre for their participation in making the evening special.