In a unanimous decision, the Bronxville School Board of Education voted to award tenure to two members of its faculty – Isidoro (Izzy) Fattore and Jennifer Forsberg – during its April 16 meeting.
Forsberg, director of technology for the district, has been an integral part of the leadership team at the Bronxville School since her arrival in 2015. She has developed a model curriculum for coding and computer programming that begins with the youngest students, and has collaborated with faculty members to expand computer science course offerings in the high school. In addition, Forsberg established the Student Help Desk where students respond to technology needs through the district and blog on tech-related issues to the entire community.
“Jennifer has successfully created opportunities for our teachers to embed technology to strengthen curriculum, rather than as a superfluous add-on, and encouraged them to take risks in a supportive environment,” said Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Mara Koetke, who nominated Forsberg. “Under Jennifer’s strong leadership, we look forward to more such opportunities to expose our students to technology in meaningful ways.”
Most recently, Forsberg was named Outstanding Innovative Leader and selected as recipient of the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center’s 2018 TELL Award. The prestigious award is given out to educational leaders in recognition of their innovative uses of technology that change teaching and learning.
Fattore, library media specialist in the elementary school, was nominated for tenure by elementary school principal Tricia Murray. Since becoming a member of the faculty, Fattore has been instrumental in creating a makerspace in the elementary school, where students can work together to design, create and solve problems.
“The initiative he took to create this special place for our school signifies his place as a leader among the faculty,” Murray said. “Our makerspace has been successful due to Izzy’s ability to create challenges for students that are engaging, and he positively encourages them while they are working through the challenge.”
Murray also praised Fattore’s ability to collaborate with teachers to support the needs of their problem-based learning projects, as well as creating a curriculum for the elementary school library that promotes appropriate library standards, literacy and digital citizenship.
Fattore’s and Forsberg’s tenure is effective Sept. 1, 2018.