Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, 07/2005
to Current Valley Stream Central High School District – Valley Stream,
Curriculum, Instruction & Student Achievement In order to increase the career and college - readiness of our student body, I collaborated with administration and teaching staff to increase Advanced Placement student participation and achievement rates.
Between 2006 and 2014 our number of Advanced Placement Scholars increased from 166 to 290.
As a result, each of our high schools is ranked both state-wide and nationally on the Washington Post's Annual List of the "Nation's Most Challenging Schools." As part of our ongoing effort to promote the teaching of 21st Century Skills, I researched, developed and implemented an Authentic Science Research Program that has earned our students national, regional and local recognitions as well as college scholarships To enhance student learning through the use of technology, I researched, designed, and implemented ongoing technology initiatives that have resulted in the expansion of our wired and wireless infrastructures.
Additionally I have facilitated the use of iPads, Chrome books, Smart Boards, and most recently, learning initiatives such as blended instruction, the flipped classroom, and online course offerings for credit recovery and student acceleration.
To improve our total K-12 educational program, I founded and Co-chair an Elementary - Secondary Curriculum Council that has increased grade-level articulation and promulgated a successful implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards.
Budget and Finance In order to close budget deficits and deliver Tax Cap-compliant budgets, I regularly collaborate with school administrators and Board of Education trustees to develop annual spending plans that establish instructional priorities, while preserving core academic programs, interscholastic athletic teams, and a rich array of extracurricular programs for students.
To reduce the annual tax burden to our district residents, I have endeavored to maximize the acquisition and use of outside grants, corporate incentives, and purchasing through Nassau BOCES wherever possible.
As part of our effort to educate the school community about the budgetary and other financial challenges facing our school district, I make full scale budget presentations to various community groups.
As a result, our district has not lost a budget vote in more than a decade.
Contract Negotiations and Legal Matters In order to advance the educational and financial goals of our district, I collaborated with district negotiating teams and won additional extra help time for students, professional development time for teachers, as well as employee salary freezes and health benefit reductions.
As part of an ongoing effort to maintain the quality/integrity of our teaching staff, I have participated in four 3020A teacher disciplinary hearings, each of which resulted in either a staff resignation, dismissal, or other significant disciplinary action.
Recognizing the importance of maintaining a safe an orderly school environment, I have served as a Hearing Officer in over 100 student disciplinary (3214) hearings.
The use of the hearing process has also permitted me to leverage additional academic and mental health services for students and parents who are often resistant to those services.
In my role as District Co-Compliance Officer, I regularly perform confidential investigations such as those related to implementation Board of Education Policies (e.g., Title IV, Dignity for All Students, and Sexual Harassment/Discrimination.
Teacher/Administrator Supervision and Professional Development In order to improve instructional outcomes for students and boost teacher performance, I designed and implemented our district's APPR Plan in collaboration with building principals, curriculum supervisors, and the leadership of the Valley Stream Teachers Association.
Anticipating the needs of an increasingly younger and less experienced supervisory staff, I developed a job-embedded program of professional development which includes frequent co-observations of teaching staff and other accountability measures.
Given the rapidly changing landscape of public education, I have designed and implemented a comprehensive and differentiated program of professional development for all teachers which includes online learning opportunities for teachers and administrators.
to 06/2005 Valley Stream North Jr. - Sr. High School Valley Stream Central High School District – Franklin Square,
At North, I was the instructional leader of a secondary school serving approximately 1,200 students in grades 7-12.
I supervised a large professional staff including 2 assistant principals, 5 department chairpersons and approximately 90 teachers.
Additional responsibilities included student discipline, budget development and direct oversight of comprehensive interscholastic athletic and co-curricular programs.
Assistant Principal, 07/1996
to 07/2001 Wantagh High School – Wantagh,
Major responsibilities included development of the master schedule, grade reporting, supervision of department chairpersons, teacher observation and oversight of co-curricular student activities and accounts.
Adjunct Associate Professor, 01/1996
to Current Literacy and LeadershipSchool of Education, Health & Human Services Hofstra University – Hempstead,
During the past 17 years, I have taught a variety of methodological and topical courses to graduate students enrolled in Hofstra University's M.S.
program in Secondary Education.
Assistant Principal, 07/1995
to 06/1996 Elwood-John Glenn High School – East Northport,
Major responsibilities included discipline of students in grades 10 & 12 and direct supervision of teachers in the English, Social Studies and Special Education Departments.
Supervisor of English & Social StudiesDean of Students, 09/1992
to 06/1995 Harborfields High School – Greenlawn,
After having served as the Dean of Student Discipline, my duties were expanded to include direct supervision of the English and Social Studies Departments where I held primary responsibilities for teacher evaluation, curriculum development and the administration of departmental budgets.
Teacher of Social Studies, 09/1988
to 08/1992 Wantagh High School – Wantagh,
Taught Global Studies, U.S.
History, Economics, Participation in Government and Public Policy (Syracuse University Project Advance) courses.
Teacher of Social Studies, 09/1986
to 08/1988 Newtown High School NYC Board of Education – Elmhurst,
Classroom Teacher, 09/1983
to 06/1986 St. Mary's Help of Christians Elementary School – Woodside,
Taught social studies, reading/English language arts and science classes to students in grades 7 and 8.
Developed a laboratory science program for elementary school children.
Ed.D: Educational Administration & Policy,
1 1995 Hofstra University - Hempstead,
New York Educational Administration & Policy
M.S: Secondary Education,
1 1989 Queens College of the City University of New York - Flushing,
New York Secondary Education
B.A: Anthropology awarded,
Temple University - Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania GPA: Summa Cum Laude in 1983Anthropology awarded Summa Cum Laude in 1983
N.Y.S. Permanent Certification - School District Administrator
N.Y.S. Permanent Certification - School Administrator /Supervisor
N.Y.S. Permanent Teaching Certification - Social Studies 7-12: GPA: Phi Delta Kappa Award for Distinguished Service to the Hofstra University Chapter, 1998.
Hofstra University Doctoral Fellowship, Dept. of Administration & Policy Studies, 1992-95.
Temple University President's Scholar Award for Academic Excellence, 1983.Legal, Academic, Cultural and Disciplinary Implications in Public Schools (with Maria Taliercio, Ed.D.). School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS) 29th Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. October 2001. Conflict in Public Schools: Causes and Prevention. Hofstra University, April 13, 2000. Tracking and Detracking: Implications for Effective Instructional Practice. The Center for Integrated Teacher Education (CITE), July 21, 1999. Career Development for Educators. Phi Delta Kappa of Hofstra University, April 5, 1997. Phi Delta Kappa Award for Distinguished Service to the Hofstra University Chapter, 1998. Hofstra University Doctoral Fellowship, Dept. of Administration & Policy Studies, 1992-95. Temple University President's Scholar Award for Academic Excellence, 1983.
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Nassau Association of District Curriculum Officials (NADCO)
Phi Delta Kappa of Hofstra University (Past President)
The American Association of University Professors