Bronxville Union Free School District

11 Teachers, 2 Administrators Awarded Tenure at Bronxville School

Two administrators and 11 teachers were awarded tenure by the Bronxville School Board of Education, at the recommendation of Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Quattrone, during the April 24 meeting. They received unanimous approval from the board, with their tenure effective Sept. 1.

“These educators have met the standards of a rigorous evaluation process,” Dr. Quattrone said. “They have demonstrated outstanding abilities and met the highest professional standards, and their work exemplifies our key Bronxville Promise dispositions of leadership, innovation, critical thinking and engaged citizenship.”

Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Mara Koetke and Bronxville Elementary School Principal Tricia Murray were granted tenure, and commended for working creatively to bring new ideas and energy to the school.

Five elementary school teachers – Rosana Colliniates (fifth grade), Heather DeCurtis (fourth grade), Veronica Fiore (third grade), Samantha Post (first grade) and Lauren Wright (fourth grade) – received tenure.

Colliniates has become a leader in the implementation of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. DeCurtis is an advisor to the Student Council and represented the district at the 2016 EdLeader21 conference. Fiore has taken a leadership role in the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, as well as Socratic Seminar and Response to Intervention. Post has implemented teacher conferences with her students to quickly identify their needs and help them achieve their individual goals. Wright continually assesses her students' understanding and applies her own critical thinking to adjust instruction as needed based on her students’ needs. She has also taken on a leadership role in the implementation of the RTI, Be3, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, and serves as a Student Council advisor.

Minu Thomas, school psychologist for grades 3-5, was also awarded tenure. She has been instrumental in supporting students both academically and emotionally. Thomas helped introduce the practice of mindfulness at the school, which has helped students increase their focus and manage anxiety levels.

Middle school math teacher Connor Mitchell received tenure for helping his students delve deeply into projects and continuously reinforcing their critical thinking skills. He helped co-found the Middle School Math Olympiad, which featured both a club and competitive structure.

High school English teacher Franco D’Alessandro was awarded tenure for introducing new genres to his classes and increasing the rigor of the high school English curriculum. He has engaged in professional development and has also introduced playwriting to high school students.

Alumnus Patrick Clarke, a special education teacher in the middle school and high school, received tenure for going above and beyond his work with his students outside the classroom. He is an integral part in ensuring the students feel included and engaged in the broader Bronxville School community.

Gillian McGovern, a physical education teacher for grades K-12, received tenure for helping her students think critically about their personal performance and the power of teamwork.

Brad Ashley, districtwide instructional technology specialist, was also awarded tenure. He has increased computer science offerings in the high school and has provided additional technology opportunities for students in theater technology, logo design, web design, programming and digital citizenship. He works with teachers and encourages them to incorporate meaningful technology into their instruction.

“They have all distinguished themselves as outstanding educators,” said Dr. Rachel Kelly, assistant superintendent for human resources and pupil services. “They have many characteristics, but first and foremost is their warmth and care for their students.”