Dear Hillside Community,
It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I write this letter of introduction as the new Assistant Principal of Hillside Elementary School. With over 9 years of experience in education, I firmly believe in a strong home-to-school connection. By working together, we can make sure every child’s academic, social, and emotional needs are met.
Most recently, I served as the Assistant Principal of Myers Corners Elementary School in the Wappingers Central School District. In a school of approximately 800 students, ranging from kindergarten to sixth grade, my administrative responsibilities included facilitating RtI and FBA/BIP meetings, managing the school’s referral system, serving as the alternate Incident Commander for the school’s Safety Team, leading staff members through the development of school-wide PBIS initiatives, conducting observations of teachers, and coordinating professional development to help improve overall instruction in the classroom. Prior to Wappingers, I was a sixth grade Special Education teacher within District 4 of the New York City Department of Education. As a classroom teacher, I was considered a Model Teacher under the Department of Education’s Learning Partners Program. During my tenure in District 4, I collaborated with my co-teacher and other grade level staff members to develop standards-based curriculum, implemented current technologies to enhance learning opportunities, and created a classroom environment that supported the needs of all students. In addition to my classroom responsibilities, I also served as lead facilitator for the science department’s inquiry team, provided additional instruction during Homework Help and Saturday Academy, and coordinated our annual “Career Day”.
As I begin my journey as the Assistant Principal at Hillside, I consider our three core values- respect, courage, and curiosity. With a strong background in Special Education, PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports), and STEAM, I am fully committed to supporting Hillside’s inclusive environment, while preparing our students for the global society that surrounds us each and every day.
My education includes a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education from SUNY New Paltz, a Master of Science in Special Education from Long Island University, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in both School Building Leadership and School District Leadership. I currently reside in Rockland County with my wife, Elizabeth, and our son, Luke.
I look forward to meeting you all during the upcoming school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to stop in, call, or email me as the year progresses.