Carl Brown - 2016
Mr. Brown is being recognized for the contributions he has made to the district, our students and the community since moving into our district in 1962. His four children were heavily involved in high school through sports and extra-curricular activities. His youngest daughter, Andrea, was a majorette in the band and was head majorette until her untimely death in her senior year. In 1979, our inductee and his wife established a scholarship in honor of their daughter and presented it to students who exemplify scholastic achievement and commitment to the community. Over 70 graduates have been awarded this scholarship since its inception. In addition to helping Wilson students through scholarships, he has also been very involved in our community and our country. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1942 through 1951 including serving active duty in Guam during WW II. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Key Club at the high school through his active involvement with the Kiwanis Club. He served the Kiwanis Club as Distinguished Lieutenant Governor and the Kiwanis Club advisor to our Key Club. He established the Boy Scout Explorer Post at Easton Hospital for students interested in a medical career. As a Thomas A. Edison Historian, he has presented over 100 lectures to various community groups and schools, most recently in February of this year at age 92. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels for 17 years and delivered books to shut-ins for the library.
Steve Patterson - 2013
Mr. Patterson is being recognized for his outstanding service to the Wilson Area School District. His guidance and vision were instrumental in the successful establishment of the Wilson Area Partner's in Education Foundation (a non-profit organization established 8 years ago, that provides supplemental resources to support all students in the district.) He served as the foundation president for five years and his leadership helped to solidify the mission of the foundation. He reached out to the community, local businesses and alumni promoting the goals of the foundation and providing financial support that has enhanced the academic, athletic, and co-curricular programs offered to our students. Our foundations success is a direct result of his leadership, dedication and commitment to enhancing the educational experience of our students.
He joined our district in 1984 as an Assistant Middle School Principal. The following year, he became the High School Principal, a position he would hold for 16 years. In 2001, he moved on to Central Administration and served the district as Director of Curriculum and Assistant Superintendent for an additional 6 years before his retirement in 2007. His career in education spanned 35 years with more than 2/3 of those years being spent in the Wilson Area School District. Over the years, he has spent a tremendous amount of time representing and leading the district. He has a tremendous faith in the education process and today's youth. The Wilson Area School District holds a special place in his heart. He often refers to Wilson as his other family. Even after his retirement, he continues to serve our district by volunteering his time raising money for Wilson Area Partners in Education Foundation and sponsoring an annual scholarship to a graduating senior. Every year he plays a major role in planning the Partners in Education Golf Tournament, which has become one of the major fundraisers for the Foundation.
Our Warrior of Service for the 2010 school year is being recognized for his outstanding service to the Wilson Area School District. His service began in December of 1984 when he accepted a position on the school board. A position he would hold for the next 25 years. He served as board president for 20 years and chaired numerous committees including the Finance Committee, Technology Committee and Athletic Committee. In addition, he served as Wilson's representative for Northampton Community College, a position he continues to hold. Over the years, he has spent a tremendous amount of time representing and leading the district. He worked hard and was deeply involved in school district activities, and he spent many evenings showing his support for co-curricular events. His concern for our students, staff and community was a leading force that directed the administration to lead so students could achieve.
Daniel Kaye has been an employee of the District for over 35 years. The contributions he made to the District since his hiring in 1970 are many. He served as department chairperson for 24 years, directed our drama productions for 33 years, he mentored new teachers and assisted with staff development programs. He coached football and golf for a combined ten years. In addition to all of this, he advised numerous clubs and activities including National Honor Society, SAT Prep, Gifted Student Seminar, Tech Crew, and Martial Arts. He has made a tremendous impact on the school and the students for many years. This year, when asked to give up retirement for a few months to help us by substitute teaching, he enthusiastically jumped at the opportunity.
Mr. Walter Boran served on the Wilson Area School Board for nearly 19 years. He was greatly involved in several of the district's building projects and was instrumental in the creation of the Hall of Fame. He served as borough manager of West Easton and Wilson Borough for a total of 16 years. He was actively involved with the Wilson Borough Lions Club, American Legion, West Easton Athletic Association, and Wilson Borough Community Activities Committee. He passed away in March of 2004, but he will long be remembered for his years of community involvement and service.
Frances Fox worked as a dental hygienist for the district from 1967-1981. Her many contributions to the district and community came through the countless hours she spent donating her time to the children and seniors of Wilson Borough. Along with being both a member and president of the PTA, she served on the Wilson Borough Recreation Board, Mary Meuser Library Board, and from 1983-1993 she was a member of the Wilson Area School Board. She passed away in 1993.
Albert Zarbatany served the Wilson Area School District for 38 years. He was a teacher, principal, coach, and superintendent. In addition to teaching, he acted as class advisor, junior prom advisor, coach, and class trip advisor. During his term as a wrestling coach, 1956-1972, he recorded a total of 126 wins and had numerous district title winners. He was the principal of Philip Lauer Middle School for eight years and superintendent of the district for 13 years.
Ray Rawson is recognized for his long-standing service to the school district. He served as a member of the school board for ten years, which included holding the position as president of the school board from 1983-1985. He was named by Wilson Area Educators' Association as a "Friend of Education." He attended nearly all events scheduled at Wilson. He volunteered at Northampton Community College and was instrumental in the development of the Plastics Technology Program. In addition to working on the school board he was also active on the zoning board for 20 years. He was also on the board at Mary Meuser Library where his involvement helped to computerize the library. He passed away in November of 2000, but his many contributions to the school and the community will long be remembered.
Sidney Segal was an English teacher at Wilson Area High School for 25 years. He had an unparalleled love of teaching and was extremely knowledgeable in the field of English. His notes on various classic novels can still be seen in the margins of books that are still being used as references today. In addition to teaching at Wilson, he also served as club advisor, assistant drama director, and he served as athletic director. Because he was so heavily involved in high school activities, a prestigious high school award was named in his honor that recognizes students involved in multiple activities.
Gary Haas served the Wilson Area School District as both classroom teacher and coach. He was known as an innovator in the classroom. He was loved and respected by his students as well as his peers. He coached baseball and girls' basketball.