#SCSDGivesThanks for Our Vice Principals
Published on 4/11/17
Bellevue Elementary School
Danforth Magnet School
Frazer K-8 School
HW Smith K-8 School
LeMoyne Elementary School
Seymour Dual Language Academy
In celebration of National Assistant Principal Week (April 10-14, 2017), principals and secretaries nominated vice principals that they think are exceptional to be recognized!
Frazer Principal Wil Mecum wanted to celebrate his vice principals this week in celebration of National Assistant Principals Week! “I know this will sound a little over-the-top,” he said. “But all three of Frazer’s Vice Principals are truly exceptional, in the strictest definition of the word. Fantastic is not a good enough adjective for my team!”
#SCSDGivesThanks for Bruno Primerano: tirelessly dedicated to improving the climate and professional culture of Frazer School. Impeccable interpersonal skills. Attends to how scholars and staff feel about school and work.
Latrina Brumfield: Organized. Efficient. Decisive. Always has a smile for a child or a teacher. Willing to take risks and learn new things. Committed to pushing forward towards Frazer’s vision of continuously developing every scholar to their fullest potential.
Diane Vitello: Calm and collected at all times. The epitome of professional. Drives staff and scholars to achieve their best yet, but equally as versed in what makes school so much fun.
Second grade teachers at Seymour Dual Language Academy shared why they want to celebrate Vice Principal Stephen Polera:
Mr. Polera is a dedicated leader. He works tirelessly to support families and staff. As a result, he has built strong partnerships within the school and community to improve student achievement and promote a safer learning environment. He goes above and beyond to support our parents and students as well as the staff. He provides the basic needs for our students in and outside of school. His hard work and determination are admirable.
Steve leads by example and he is truly a "leader" and not a "manager." An excellent quote to describe my feelings toward Steve as an administrator is, "A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected." He supports his staff and creates a safe and comfortable work place. He makes work fun and doesn't take the small things too seriously. He knows what is important.
Steve has a lot of patience with all his students, especially the most challenging kids.
Steve has an open door policy with his staff and he is very supportive of them.
Mr. Polera is a dedicated leader. He works tirelessly to support families and his staff. As a result, he has built strong partnerships within the school and community to improve student achievement and promote a safer learning environment.
Bellevue Principal Sarah Cupelli wanted to recognize Vice Principal Lynelle Francis this week in celebration of National Assistant Principals Week! “She is valuable to our school because of her organization and follow through with all testing that occurs in our building—her dedication helps this process run smoothly. She has also implemented a check system for transportation that accounts for each child daily so that we know they are safe; and she is revising building systems around special education to ensure accountability, data driven goals and instruction and timely turn around.” #SCSDGivesThanks for Ms. Francis and all of our wonderful vice principals!
Danforth Middle School secretary Mary Demprio wanted to recognize Vice Principal Jerome Watts this week in celebration of National Assistant Principals Week! “Dr. Watts goes above and beyond not only for the scholars at Danforth, but for the staff as well,” she said. “Dr. Watts has a method of working with scholars and teachers in ways that change us both personally and professionally. He is dedicated to helping scholars and leads by example. I could write on and on about his passion for education and his commitment to Danforth. He is one of the finest VPs I have worked with.” #SCSDGivesThanks for Dr. Watts!
LeMoyne Secretary Jacquelyn Cummings wanted to recognize Vice Principal Rebecca Chynoweth this week in celebration of National Assistant Principals Week! “Ms. Chynoweth is energetic and fun-loving,” she said. “She is an asset in making sure that all the children in the building are maintaining a safe environment for all students to learn.”
ITC Principal Donna Formica wanted to recognize Vice Principal Jim Natoli this week in celebration of National Assistant Principals Week! “Mr. Natoli is approachable and respected by our students, staff, and parents,” she said. “His demeanor is calm and constant. He is thorough in his tasks and always pleasant to work with. Mr. Natoli is an exceptional addition to the Institute of Technology & P-Tech @ ITC!” #SCSDGivesThanks for Mr. Natoli.
HW Smith Principal Teri Haley wanted to celebrate her vice principals this week in celebration of National Assistant Principals Week! “I have three amazing VPs,” she said. “I can’t pick just one!”
#SCSDGivesThanks for Danya Snihur: this is her first year as a VP having previously been the Dean of Students here at HW Smith. Ms. Snihur was a special education teacher at Grant Middle School before joining the team here. She bring exceptional knowledge of special education and restorative practices to HW Smith. She is also the WEB coordinator bringing together our 6th and 8th graders for leadership opportunities. Danya is very passionate about solving conflict and providing programs that meet the needs of all students.
Mr. Nikolas Scholz is in his second year as a VP at HW Smith. Previously, Mr. Scholz was a math teacher and a math coach at Fowler High School. Mr. Scholz has extensive content knowledge and a keen sense of planning that he uses to support and guide teachers in daily PLC sessions. Mr. Scholz has also founded the HW Smith Student Council. He is very dedicated to developing the leadership skills in these students while giving students a say in their school. Mr. Scholz is a total class clown and loves to go all out for school spirit days!
Mrs. Amanda Shepherd just returned from maternity leave. She has a new beautiful baby boy names Ashton. Mrs. Shepherd is doing a great job managing her new family and her responsibilities here at HW Smith. Mrs. Shepherd comes to us with a background in school counseling. Although she is very involved with our middle school students, she is also very busy with our preK and kindergarten friends who need that extra support. Mrs. Shepherd uses her expertise in planning and organizing to lead the social studies and science departments in the personalized learning initiative. Mrs. Shepherd ground the team with her no nonsense approach and her never ending positive attitude.
Ed Smith Principal Sam Barber wanted to recognize his vice principals in celebration of National Assistant Principals Week. #SCSDGivesThanks for Ms. Mason and Ms. Louis!
"Marshella has made significant impacts on Ed Smith since she joined the team last year," Mr. Barber said. "She has coordinated the collaboration with the School Intervention Team to implement the school’s Preventative Strategies Plan which has reduced referrals and out of school suspensions for the past two years. In addition, she has implemented a successful Advisory Block in the middle school in partnership with the consultants from Engaging Schools to focus on goal setting and life skills."
"Christina impacts the academics and culture of Ed Smith daily," Mr. Barber continued. "She has successfully implemented an Academic Intervention Block in the elementary school in collaboration with the instructional coach resulting in increased scores on STAR assessments. In addition, her efforts on the school’s Culture and Climate Team has produced a school-wide K-8 community and culture building with school wide inclusive events such as Buddy Reading, Game, and Craft days that pairs middle and elementary students to build community and mentors in the school."
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