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Hastings-on-Hudson UFSD Appoints Ms. Jennifer Spirelli as Farragut Middle School Principal Effective July 1, 2020

Jeniffer Spirelli Hastings-on-Hudson, NY - The Hastings-on-Hudson UFSD Board of Education is pleased to announce that Ms. Jennifer Spirelli was unanimously appointed principal of Farragut Middle School (FMS) at the March 30, 2020 BOE meeting.  Ms. Spirelli will begin her role on July 1, 2020. The opportunity became available upon the notice of retirement by long-time educator and FMS Principal of 21 years, Ms. Gail Kipper.

“I’m honored and thrilled to join the staff of Farragut Middle School as the new principal,” expressed Ms. Spirelli. “I’m very passionate about education and I look forward to partnering with the families and staff to provide our students with a rigorous, engaging, and high-quality middle school experience that nurtures their social-emotional and academic learning.” As a Westchester community member and mother of two, she believes all children should have a safe, supportive, and caring environment to grow and learn at their own readiness level. 

Ms. Spirelli continued, “I also recognize the importance of a strong home and school connection. Parents are every child’s first teacher and I believe that by working together, we can make sure the needs of our diverse student population are met.”  Her plans are to continue Hastings’ tradition of providing a nurturing interactive and learner-centered environment where all students and staff share mutual respect and strive to be productive, responsible citizens of the community. 

Jennifer Spirelli began her career in the New York City Department of Education as a middle and high school science teacher. She was awarded recognition as a Master Teacher, received a MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship Award, was nominated for the Fellows of Academy for Teachers, and was honored by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). In addition, Jennifer was a Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) Adjunct Professor for Forensic Science.  Jennifer completed her Masters Degree of Secondary Education at SUNY Cortland and her Masters of Educational Leadership at Bank Street College. She has spent the past four years at Somers Central School District as the middle school assistant principal. In this role she partnered with families and the local community to make connections and build relationships with the school.  In addition, Jennifer provided professional development and instructional coaching to staff members to support the academic and social-emotional needs of all students.

“We look forward to benefiting from Jennifer’s experiences supporting teachers and students during her previous school’s candidacy phase as an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, serving on a team to revamp the Code of Conduct to include restorative practices, supporting the implementation of a social-emotional program called No Place for Hate, and assisting in compiling data for a program review of the special education program,” stated Dr. Valerie Henning-Piedmonte, Superintendent of Schools, Hastings-on-Hudson UFSD. “We are excited that she is joining us. Both her previous Superintendent and Principal praised her for her leadership, wonderful relationships with parents, teachers, children, and her colleagues and the ability to support teachers in all curricula areas.”

“Once again, I am thrilled and honored to join the Hastings-on-Hudson community and I truly am energized to guide our students through their educational journey,” said Ms. Spirelli.

Jennifer Spirelli lives with her husband Robert, a high school math teacher, two children Owen and Riley and their dog Mick in Ardsley, New York.