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District Names Four Administrators
The Massapequa School District announces the appointment of four administrators for the 2021-22 school year, including three current staff members who are moving into new roles, and one newcomer to the district.
Angela Gallucci moves from Massapequa High School to the district office building, as she will become the new administrative associate for general administration, effective Sept. 1. She has been a special education teacher at the high school since 2013.
Ms. Gallucci holds a bachelor’s degree in English language arts education from Molloy College, a master’s degree in special education from Queens College and administrative certification from the College of St. Rose. She is a member of the New York State English Council, Nassau BOCES Transition Committee, SADD National Council, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and the PTSA.
Responsibilities of her new position include management of Board of Education policies and superintendent’s regulations, coordination of the application process for all grants, serving as the liaison between the district and federal, state and local agencies, and institutional researcher in compiling data and preparing reports for the Board of Education and governmental agencies.
“I am most looking forward to learning more about the district as a whole and the day-to-day operations that make our district run so well,” she said. “I am excited and eager to take on this new role and have an impact on the district level.”
Beginning July 1, Katie Fernandez will move from assistant principal of Fairfield Elementary School to supervisor of STEM, in which she will serve all six elementary schools. She will be responsible for the overall supervision and development of curriculum, instruction and initiatives in mathematics, science, technology and engineering, including overseeing the Magnet enrichment program.
Ms. Fernandez said that her primary goal will be working with elementary administrator and teachers to give students exciting, hands-on learning opportunities, with a focus on New York State’s Next Generation Standards in math and science.
“We are fortunate to have a STEM program that provides enrichment for all students,” Ms. Fernandez said. “As a district, we want to engage, motivate and inspire our students through a well-developed STEM curriculum.”
Ms. Fernandez, a Massapequa High School graduate, holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from SUNY Old Westbury, a master’s degree in elementary education from Adelphi University and an advanced certificate in school building and district leadership from LIU Post. She said she is very grateful for the two years she spent as part of the Fairfield community and thanks Principal Dr. Kristi Gerhard and teachers, staff, students, and families for such a wonderful experience.
Brian Rath will become the chairperson of physical education at Massapequa High School. He has taught at Berner Middle School since 2007, and has been the attendance officer since 2015. Additionally, he has coached varsity football and basketball, junior varsity baseball and middle school baseball, basketball and football.
In his new role, Mr. Rath will oversee all aspects of the physical education and athletics programs at the high school. This includes supervision of physical education department staff, curriculum leadership and coordination of athletic events.
Mr. Rath holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Adelphi University, a master’s degree in liberal studies from Stony Brook University and a certificate in educational leadership from Stony Brook. He has continued growing his knowledge through his involvement in several professional organizations including the American Football Coaches Association, Society of Health and Physical Educators, New York State Association for Health, P.E., Recreation and Dance, New York State Athletic Administrators Association, New York State Basketball Coaches Association and American Baseball Coaches Association.
“I'm excited about the opportunity to assist in the growth of a physical education and athletics program at Massapequa High School that already is at an extremely high level,” he said. “I'm looking forward to positively influencing students' lives in a different capacity.”
John Watson joins Massapequa from the Wantagh School District, and will serve as the supervisor of mathematics for grades 6-12. This is his 16th year in education.
Mr. Watson has worked in Wantagh for five years as the supervisor of mathematics and business. Prior to that, he was in Deer Park schools including four years as curriculum associate of mathematics and business and seven years as a teacher at Deer Park High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University, a master’s degree in adolescent education in mathematics from Adelphi University and a certificate in school administration from Stony Brook, and is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
“I'm most looking forward to working with a collegial team who shares the same view of teaching students to their highest abilities and being able to make an impact on the Massapequa community,” he said.