Dear Hastings Families,
My name is Tony Sinanis and I am the new Superintendent of Schools. While I look forward to connecting with all of you in person in the coming weeks and months, I felt it was important to take a few minutes to introduce myself so you know a little something about your new superintendent. I grew up in Woodside, Queens with my mom, dad, brother and sister where the hum of the passing 7 train was the “white noise” that helped me fall asleep each night.
Education has always been a priority in our family. Although my parents, who immigrated to this country from Greece in the 1950’s, only completed high school, they supported me on my journey to being the first college graduate in our family. Graduating college is one of my proudest accomplishments but the truth is, the most fulfilling experience is being a dad. My son, Paul, who recently completed 7th grade, is my mini-me. We share a love for the Mets, an interest in social media, and a weakness for anything chocolate. We currently live in Pelham with my partner, Felix, who is an elementary school principal.
Before coming to Hastings-on-Hudson, I worked as an educational leader for over 10 years. Most recently I was the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the Plainedge Public Schools. Prior to that I was an elementary principal in both Jericho and Valley Stream. I started my career, 20 years ago, as a classroom teacher in New York City and Hewlett-Woodmere, where I taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Although I have been in education for 20 years, I have always appreciated the opportunity to learn, grow, and try new things, which is what led me to Hastings. I am thrilled to be part of such an amazing community where we value education and work together to do what is in the best interest of children. I am also looking forward to sharing my passion for education, and specifically educational leadership, with each of you, our staff and our students.
The daily work of an educational leader is no longer just being an administrator or manager; instead, a superintendent must be an instructional leader. A superintendent serves their community by being a learner first and is constantly looking for ways to best support the needs of students, staff and families. As your superintendent, I look forward to learning from you and with you so that I can best understand and appreciate the norms, values and priorities of the Hastings community.
Based on my experiences, effective district leadership is about empowering members of the community so they can achieve their hopes, dreams, and goals. It is my goal to be a superintendent who leads with the heart and mind, so we may nurture supportive relationships, and a collaborative forward-thinking environment. Whether working with students, teachers, or family members, my objective is to remove barriers and provide access to ideas and resources that can help transform perceived problems into opportunities.
In order to accomplish these goals as your superintendent my initial focus will be on communication. During my twenty years as an educator I have been successful when I supported a culture that was anchored in open communication among all members of the community; communication between teams of educators, between staff and students, and between district and the broader community. Because a district’s culture extends to all of its stakeholders, I believe effective communications are the single most important factor in nurturing flourishing districts, schools and classrooms. Productive communication promotes transparency, which helps build trust across the community. That is where my work will start - to communicate in an open and transparent fashion with all members of the community.
I look forward to working with you, learning from you and connecting with you over the next several years as we work together to build on the excellence that Hastings-on-Hudson embodies.
In my upcoming communications, I will be sharing invitations for members of the community to join me for discussions about our community and education (in general and specific to Hastings) because I want to hear from you; I want to hear about your goals, your hopes and your vision for the future of Hastings. In the end, I am dedicated to serving our community and supporting our growth and evolution in the future.
In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out and connect with me - email me (email@example.com), call me (914-478-2900), or tweet me (@TonySinanis).
Thank you so much for your time and I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!