Continuing in our series on successful Pat-Med graduates, PMCT will highlight two young men that chose Education for their careers. These fine young men, Anthony DeBlasio and Stanley Hanscom, became educators because they knew that "to teach is to touch a life forever".

Class of 1994 graduate, Anthony DeBlasio, played on the football team at PMHS for all four years and was the MVP Offensive Player during his senior year. While playing football for PMHS, he broke a 20 years record for the most rushing yards and touchdowns in one season. He was a member of the Student Council and his parents still reside in East Patchogue.

Anthony took a rather unconventional route toward his career. Due to financial difficulties, Anthony had to work immediately after high school instead of going directly to college. After working full-time for two years, he began his college career at Suffolk County Community College transferring to SUNY Stony Brook and graduating in 2001 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. He then attended CW Post University to work on a MA in guidance and counseling graduating in 2003. In September of that year, he secured a leave replacement in the counseling center at Oregon Middle School. It was at Oregon MS that Anthony worked with PMHS guidance counselor Phil Tutuska, whom Anthony credits as someone who gave him excellent advice and career goals and helped him become the educator he is today. In January of 2004, Anthony had another leave replacement as a guidance counselor in Hampton Bays HS and by the following September, he received a probationary position there. He began his administrative work at SUNY Stony Brook in 2005 and is presently the Assistant Principal of Hampton Bays HS.

Anthony is still single and loves to travel. He is an avid snowboarder and still plays flag football in an organized league. He aspires to be a principal someday and eventually wants to pursue his PhD in Psychology in the hope of one day opening a private therapeutic practice. Anthony credits many of his teachers at PMHS for instilling in him the traits that have allowed him to be a success and the best educator he can be with the goal of student success.

Class of 2003 graduate, Stanley Hanscom, began his career in September 2007 at Gelinas Junior High School in the Three Village School District as their newest 7th grade Mathematics teacher. He teaches all levels of 7th grade Math and enjoys the support of the teachers, staff and students that he works with. As a new teacher, Stan finds lesson planning to be the most time consuming aspect of being a teacher. He thoroughly enjoys teaching even though it is all so new to him but he says he knows he made the right career choice.

While at PMHS, Stan was the Treasurer of the Band and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. He was also a member and treasurer of the National Honor Society. He worked on the high school yearbook and was a member of the Interact Club and the Science Club. Stan attended St. Josephs College in Patchogue and was an Honor graduate in May of 2007. While at St. Joe's, he was on the College Advisory Council, was founding member of the college's yearbook and a member of several Honor Societies on the college level. One of the most rewarding experiences Stan had as a college student was being a volunteer for the "Habitat for Humanity" that builds low cost affordable houses for low income families. Stan was able to perform his student teaching at PMHS under the guidance of Math teacher, Mrs. Ruth Strocchia, who Stan credits with helping him learn the necessary skills to be the best teacher he can be and work toward the success of all students.

Stan plans to begin working on his Master's Degree at the State University of Stony Brook next semester and will most likely be working toward an advanced degree in Mathematics Education. Stan, his parents Jeff and Denise, and his 7 year old sister, Taylor, still reside in the Patchogue area and his sister attends Canaan Elementary school. Stan loves to play golf and supports his father's not-for-profit organization, The LI State Park Police Benevolent Association. Stan is also very proud of the work he does at Good Samaritan Hospital with an organization known as Samarikids, that supports families going through the difficulties of having a terminally ill child or a child with severe health issues. Working with children, whether in the classroom or outside of the school setting, is a career choice that Stan knows will be his lifelong occupation.

The Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers congratulates these two gentlemen on their fine careers and acknowledges Anthony and Stan as representatives of all Pat-Med graduates that have chosen the rewarding career of teaching.

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