During Valley Stream District 30’s final board of education meeting for the 2017-18 school year on June 18, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling and the board welcomed three new administrators to the district while expressing their utmost gratitude for those whose journey in the district will come to a close.
Jennifer Lewner, current assistant principal at Forest Road Elementary School was introduced as the district’s new administrative director for 21st century learning (formally director of technology) for the 2018-19 school year. Dr. Stirling announced that the director of technology role is being enhanced to focus more on instructional technology.
Lewner received her Bachelor of Arts in urban studies from Queens College and her Master of Science in secondary education of math at LIU Post. She also earned her certificate in Social-Emotional Learning and School District Leader at the College of Saint Rose.
“She is someone who is very knowledgeable about technology integration,” said Dr. Stirling. “In addition, her attention to detail and organizational skills and instructional background will support the district in its efforts improving student performance through the use of technology.”
Moving into Lewner’s assistant principal position at Forest Road School is Michael DeBlasio, who was also appointed and welcomed during the meeting. DeBlasio is an experienced special educator who is currently is an assistant principal at P.S. 26Q The Rufus King School in Queens. Here, DeBlasio oversees numerous departments. He received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Molloy College as well as his Master of Science in childhood education and special education. Additionally, DeBlasio earned his administrator certificate from the College of Saint Rose.
“He is an avid supporter of children,” said Dr. Stirling. “He is knowledgeable in the instructional pedagogy and instructional skills across the curriculum. In addition, he is experienced with working with families and he has a strong curriculum development background.”
Adding to the list of new appointees, Brian Phillips, was introduced as the new assistant superintendent for business, replacing Dr. Christopher Dillon. Phillips is currently the assistant director for business and treasurer in the Elmont Union Free School District and is a highly experienced administrator with a background in finance. He received both his Bachelor of Science in applied economics and management and his Master of Business Administration at Cornell University. He also earned his professional diploma in educational leadership and administration from LIU Post. Phillips has held positions as a school finance manager, administrative intern in the East Williston Union Free School District and spent six years at Morgan Stanley and Company as an associate and analyst.
“Mr. Phillips is very skilled in the work that he does,” said Dr. Stirling. “He has a full understanding of the business office and is detail oriented. We look forward to Mr. Phillips’ expertise because the business department and the school district has consistently worked towards doing all they can for students in a fiscally prudent manner.”
During the meeting, the board also appointed a new typist clerk at Forest Road School, Ashley Starna, and Dr. Stirling presented Board of Education President Jim Lavery with a certificate for his service to the district for the past two years.