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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Franklin Square/Elmont Herald Person of the Year: Michael Stanley
Courtesy Carey High School
Michael Stanley's influence extends far beyond the football field.

If the Person of the Year distinction were based solely on how successful someone has been in his career, Michael Stanley would be a perfect candidate. But the award also factors in the impact a person has had on our community — how selflessly he volunteers his time and how readily those around him offer their praise. All the more reasons to choose Michael Stanley as the Herald’s Person of the Year.

A social studies teacher at H. Frank Carey High School, in Franklin Square, and the head coach of the Seahawks football team, Stanley, 36, is also Carey’s dean of students. In each of these roles, he has gone above and beyond the requirements of the job to impact the lives of his students and players. He and his wife Samantha live in Levittown with their three children.

Simply put, this was Stanley’s year. He led the Seahawks to an undefeated season, clinching their first county Conference II championship in 35 years — over longtime foe Garden City, no less — and to the Long Island championship with a win over Riverhead a week later. He was named the Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Year by the New York Giants.

Stanley, who has coached Carey for seven years, can’t say enough about the encouragement of the people of Franklin Square. “The fact that our community supports us the way they do is a great feeling,” he said. “A bunch of people coming together to pull for a common goal, supporting our players like they did — they all feel [like] a part of it. And they are.”

But it’s what Stanley has done off the field that truly stands out. Students, players, friends and fellow faculty members agree that he is one of the most generous and thoughtful people they know. Christopher Schnepf, Carey’s school psychologist, said that Stanley isn’t the type of person who talks about himself — even with all of his success — but his character shines through.

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