Dr. Roxanne Garcia-France returns to lead ‘The Friendly Schools’
Following four years as associate superintendent for curriculum, instructional and educational services at Nassau BOCES, Dr. Roxanne Garcia-France is returning to Valley Stream Union Free School District 30. During the March 21 Board meeting, the Board of Education unanimously appointed Dr. Garcia-France as its next superintendent of schools, effective July 1, 2022. She will succeed Dr. Nicholas Stirling, who announced his retirement earlier this year.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Garcia-France back to ‘The Friendly Schools,’” Board President Ingrid Wyllie-Dacon said. “Her familiarity with our students and community, as well as her forward-thinking approach to education, are a perfect fit for District 30. Her belief that students are the future builders of our nation aligns with our long-held district vision. We are delighted that she has chosen to return to lead our school community and continue implementing our five-year strategic plan.”
A veteran educator with more than 30 years of experience, in addition to her most recent role at BOCES, Dr. Garcia-France has held assistant superintendent positions in the Valley Stream 30, North Bellmore and Roosevelt school districts. She has also worked as a special education teacher and began her educational career as a paraprofessional in the Uniondale School District.
During her years with Nassau BOCES, she provided innovative, cost-effective services and programs to the 56 districts in Nassau County and returns to District 30 with expanded experiences and knowledge in the areas of strategic action planning, human resource management, marketing and public relations, career and technical education, emergency response management and community school resources coordination.
“I feel like I am returning home,” Dr. Garcia-France said of her appointment. “I am confident that together, we will ensure Valley Stream District 30 continues its legacy of providing innovative 21st century learning experiences that inspire the next generation of global leaders — global leaders who are known for developing equitable, inclusive and sustainable solutions for the greater good of humanity.”
Dr. Garcia-France received her Doctor of Education in educational leadership and policy, certificate of advanced study in educational administration, and Master of Science in special and elementary education from Hofstra University. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing management from Baruch College.
A resident of Long Island since 1974, Dr. Garcia-France is a life-long learner with her greatest teachers being her three adult children, Chievanne, Elijah and Jasmyn, as well as her grandsons Knight and Heir.