This came in recently from Rye schools:
The Rye City School District Board of Education and Administration are pleased to announce the appointment of two new assistant principals, Suzanne Short and Joseph DiGiovanni.
Short will take the role currently held by Ellen McDonnell at Rye High School, while DiGiovanni will take on that of Joe DeRuvo at Rye Middle School. Both will officially begin their new posts on July 1.
Short is already a familiar and well-respected member of the Rye High School staff, having taught a variety of English courses for the past 13 years and serving as English Language Arts 6-12 Department Coordinator for the 2013-14 school year. In this capacity, shet has been involved with the development and implementation of professional development opportunities, assessments for department needs, and curriculum revisions for the Common Core Standards. She has also been responsible for overseeing the needs and instruction of 29 teachers and professionals, allocation of departmental budgets, scheduling and overseeing exams, and observing teachers as a peer coach. She has worked extensively with other teachers and administrators to determine student objectives and review data.
In addition to her roles as a teacher and department coordinator, Short has served as both the senior internship coordinator and Be the Change Civility Committee chairwoman, while also contributing greatly to the district’s technology initiatives. She has written curriculum, developed districtwide plans and opportunities, and reviewed the Common Core alignment of curricula. At the public forum held at Rye High School in February, she was part of a panel advocating for changes to the state’s education reform. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Fredonia State University and a Master of Arts Degree from Lehman College.
DiGiovanni joins Rye from the Hendrick Hudson School District, where he presently serves as assistant principal at Hendrick Hudson High School. He previously taught social studies at Fieldstone Middle School in the North Rockland Central School District for 10 years. DiGiovanni has been responsible for supervising various departments, managing day-to-day school operations, overseeing the general student population, collaborating with the scheduling team, and facilitating professional development training. He has been a coordinator for the alternative high school, Regents Exam administration, ninth-grade transition, Response to Intervention, Peer Leadership Program, and Project Lead the Way, among other initiatives.
In addition to his assistant principal position, DiGiovanni has also served as humanities coordinator at Hendrick Hudson High School and has additionally participated on the district-level Beautification Committee, Calendar Committee, Technology Committee, and Safety Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from SUNY Oswego and a Masters Degree from the New York Inistitute of Technology.
“We considered a combined total of 520 applicants for these two positions, and are confident that Mrs. Short and Mr. DiGiovanni are each the best fit for the schools to which they were appointed,” stated Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Alvarez. “We are thrilled to see Mrs. Short move up in her career as an educator. She has done a phenomenal job as English department chair this year and will continue to bring great energy and make excellent contributions to the high school as an assistant principal. We are equally enthused to welcome Mr. DiGiovanni to the district and to the middle school, and believe that he will quickly become a valuable member of our administrative team.”