Sousa Elementary's Physical Education teacher and Port Washington Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach, Sean Dooley, received two esteemed awards. Mr. Dooley was honored this month with the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NYS AHPERD) Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year award. In addition, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has named him the New York State Boys Basketball Coach of the Year.
The extremely competitive NYS AHPERD award honors individuals for excellence in teaching and overall performance in physical education at the elementary, middle and secondary levels; adapted physical education; and dance education. At the award ceremony on November 17th, 2023, Sean expressed how much he loves his job, and how passionate he is about teaching and coaching.
With over two decades of experience as an elementary PE teacher and coach, Sean Dooley has consistently demonstrated his dedication to education and athletic excellence. Meg Sheehan, Sousa Elementary Principal, lauded Mr. Dooley's unparalleled passion for education both in the classroom and on the court. She described him as a thoughtful, reflective, and innovative leader who engages, motivates, and inspires the school community.
Nick Schratwieser, Director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics, also expressed admiration for Sean's dedication and mentorship, highlighting his commitment to students and student-athletes in Port Washington. Schratwieser sees Mr. Dooley as a powerful leader and role model setting a remarkable standard for the community and beyond.
The Port Washington School District congratulates Sean Dooley on these well-deserved honors, and recognizes the positive influence he continues to exert on the educational landscape and the community as a whole.
Sean Dooley receiving the NYS AHPERD Teacher of the Year Award on November 17, 2023.