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Warwick Valley Central School District welcomes new administrators, announces new roles for current staff members

on July 1, 2015

July 1, 2015 – The entire school district community joins Superintendent Dr. David Leach, Warwick Valley High School Principal Dr. Larry Washington, and Warwick Valley Middle School Principal Mrs. Cindy Leandro in welcoming new administrators to our schools, and in offering best wishes to current staff members taking on new roles. Please come out to welcome them to the Warwick Valley Central School District at a ‘Meet and Greet’ following the 7 p.m. Board of Education meeting on Mon., July 6, at the Dorothy Wilson Education Center.

Warwick Valley Middle School

Warwick Valley Middle School is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Assistant Principals: Ms. Meghan McGourty and Mr. Alex Levine.

Current middle school teacher Meghan McGourty will take on her new role as Assistant Principal under Mrs. Leandro beginning July 1. Ms. McGourty is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas College and received her Master Degree from Mercy College. She began her teaching career as a member of the prestigious NYC Teaching Fellows Program and spent six years as a teacher in New York City, where she also coached girls Varsity basketball and softball.  She joined the WVCSD community as a teacher three years ago, most recently teaching 7th and 8th grade math in the Middle School and algebra in the High School.  As coach of girls modified basketball in Warwick, Ms. McGourty led the team to an undefeated record over the past two seasons.  “We are truly excited to have Meghan embrace this new role as a Middle School Assistant Principal,” said Principal Leandro.  “She understands the importance of the collaborative environment, and works tirelessly with colleagues to make sure students always come first!”

Also on July 1, Mr. Alex Levine will join the team at the middle school in his new role as Assistant Principal. Mr. Levine has been an educator for 10 years, primarily serving the Hendrick Hudson Central School District in Westchester County.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Levine has served in various leadership capacities, including Elementary Science Expo Coordinator and Technology Coach, through which he designed professional development courses in Google Apps for Education and facilitated learning of interactive whiteboard technologies. Mr. Levine is a Certified Google Educator. He attended Binghamton University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Music, and Fordham Graduate School of Education, where he earned his Master of Science in Teaching degree in Elementary Education. Mr. Levine also earned a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College of Education. A lifelong learner, Mr. Levine is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at Manhattanville College.

“I am honored to be part of the Warwick Valley Central School District,” said Mr. Levine. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to effect change in the lives of the young adolescents at Warwick Valley Middle School, and look forward to meeting and working together with parents for the benefit of our students.”

Warwick Valley High School

Warwick Valley High School welcomes new Associate Principal, Marguerite Fusco. Ms. Fusco has 23 years of experience teaching mathematics to students at various levels, including Honors Pre-Calculus and Honors Calculus for SUNY Albany, Special Education Algebra, Integrated Mathematics I, II and III, Math A, Math B, Geometry, Common Core Geometry, Honors Common Core Geometry and SAT Prep, AVID. Ms. Fusco has also served as the standardized testing coordinator and the school treasurer and comptroller in different districts.

Ms. Fusco earned her Master of Science in Educational Administration from the College of New Rochelle, her Master of Arts in Secondary Mathematics Education from The City College of New York, and her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Manhattan College.

Previous to this appointment, Mrs. Fusco was employed by the New York City Board of Education and the East Ramapo and Ramapo Central School Districts. “With her extensive teaching experience and knowledge of curriculum and instruction,” said Dr. Larry Washington, “I believe Ms. Fusco will serve our students and the high school community very well.”

Sanfordville Elementary School

Also this summer, Mrs. Johnna Maraia will leave her position as Assistant Principal at Warwick Valley Middle School to become the new principal of Sanfordville Elementary School. Mrs. Maraia has served in the school district since December 2007, most recently as WVMS Assistant Principal and for three years as Principal of Park Avenue Elementary School.  Prior to that, Mrs. Maraia spent 16 years in the Montville Township School District in New Jersey as a Health and Physical Education teacher, a guidance counselor and as a coach.  Mrs. Maraia received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from Montclair State University and her Advanced Certificate of Educational Leadership from Long Island University.

Her extensive experience has helped shape her philosophy of promoting the overall development of children. She truly believes in the shared importance of the academic, emotional, social and physical growth of our students.  Mrs. Maraia’s priority remains partnering with parents and teachers to support and encourage students to build skills and achieve mastery in various content areas as they learn to be kind, caring and contributing members to our school, our community and our world.

Speaking about her new role as Principal of Sanfordville Elementary School, Mrs. Maraia said, “I look forward to meeting the Sanfordville families and will enjoy working with parents, staff, the Sanfordville PTA and the students to ensure the continued success of the school and the students.”

Mrs. Maraia is eager to meet the Sanfordville families before the new school year begins, and invites you to a Meet and Greet at the Sanfordville PTA’s Ice Cream Social on August 20, 2015, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Town Park on Union Corners Road.

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