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Mastic Beach: William Floyd HS Principal is Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Man of the Year’

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William Floyd High School principal Philip Scotto has been named the “2022 Man of the Year” by the Chamber of Commerce of the Mastics and Shirley for his efforts in helping William Floyd High School succeed and his love for the district and community.

Scotto, who started with the district as an English teacher back in 1984 and became the 2,800-student high school’s principal in 2016, will be honored at a dinner on April 28, 2022, at Sunset Harbour in East Patchogue. 

Scotto said the award is a validation of the work that he has done throughout his career.

“It’s an honor to contribute to the community,” said Scott, who oversees more than 200 teachers and 125 professional staff. “A good school district improves the community.”

English chair for 15 years

Scott became the English department chairperson in 1998, and remained in that position until his first retirement in 2013. He returned in 2014 as director of the English department for grades six through 12.

He took a year off in 2015 before rejoining William Floyd as an assistant high school principal. A year later, he took the reins as principal of the high school.

Time in the city

Before coming to William Floyd schools, Scotto had started his career as a parochial school teacher for 10 years — working at Our Lady of Angels (Diocese of Brooklyn), teaching all subjects for students in grades six through eight, for six years. He also served as a high school English teacher at the St. John Villa Academy in Staten Island for two years and served another two years at St. Thomas Aquinas in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

A graduate of St. John’s University, Scotto as a child spent his summers in Mastic Beach, visiting with his grandparents and forging an early love for the Mastic Beach community.

Feature photo: Courtesy of William Floyd schools.