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Setauket gym teacher and former Notre Dame lax star earns top teaching honor

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Her award may say “future professional,” but Setauket Elementary School physical education teacher Stephanie Peragallo is clearly already getting the job done.

Peragallo, who joined the Three Village Central School District in 2021, has received the 2021 Future Professional of the Year Award from the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Suffolk Zone.

“Ms. Peragallo has been an excellent addition to our physical education department and this award … is a testament to her potential as a teacher and solidifies our decision in hiring her,” said Kevin Finnerty, Three Village’s executive director of health, physical education, recreation and athletics.

Peragallo, who is also the head coach of Carle Place High School’s girls lacrosse team, was nominated by Maryann Hamilton, who at the time was overseeing her student teaching in Northport.

The Hauppauge native was a defender on Notre Dame’s women’s lacrosse team and studied political science and Spanish. She started 76 games for the Irish across four seasons.

In 2019, Peragallo as a graduate student was the starting goalkeeper for Adelphi’s nationally ranked field hockey team, earning Scholar of Distinction honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

During high school, she played varsity soccer, basketball and lacrosse for five seasons. In high school lacrosse, she was a two-time Under Armour All-American selection and participated in the champion All-American Showcase.

As a senior, she was ranked as the country’s No. 2 defender by ESPN Rise and earned the Dellecave Award for best female athlete in Suffolk County.

Top photo: Stephanie Peragallo (courtesy of the Three Village Central School District)