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RCSD Announces Principal Assignments

Deborah Washington

Deborah Washington Named Principal of Nathaniel Rochester Community School No. 3

(June 7, 2019) The Rochester City School District is pleased to announce that the Board of Education Thursday evening June 6, 2019, approved the appointment of Deborah Washington as Principal of Nathaniel Rochester Community School No. 3, effective July 1, 2019.

 

 

A Rochester native and graduate of the Rochester City School District, Principal Deborah Washington has served the District for over 20 years as a teacher, a Network Team Leader, and an Assistant Principal. A passionate and dedicated educator, she brings significant experience in writing math and ELA curriculum, data-driven instruction, culturally relevant pedagogy, and restorative practices. She has focused on establishing systems that support the whole child, such as help zones, intervention and acceleration support, and rigorous learning environments. Principal Washington holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in elementary education. In addition, she has earned an Administrative Certification and recently graduated from the New York City Leadership Academy’s Aspiring Principals Program.   With her years of experience and leadership, Principal Washington will establish a supportive and nurturing environment where all students can achieve. 

 

Lisa Garrow

Lisa Garrow Named Principal of John Walton Spencer School No. 16

The Rochester City School District is pleased to announce that the Board of Education Thursday evening June 6, 2019, approved the appointment of Lisa Garrow as Principal of John Walton Spencer School No. 16, where she has been serving as an Assistant Principal since 2016. She officially begins her duties as Principal on July 1, 2019.

 

Principal Lisa Garrow is a devoted educator who proudly has served the Rochester City School District for 23 years. She is dedicated and committed to making a difference in the lives of students and their families. She began her career in the District as a substitute teacher and then became a classroom teacher at Martin B. Anderson School No. 1. Principal Garrow continued to serve students in various capacities, including Academic Intervention Specialist, instructional coach, data coach, and most recently Assistant Principal. She continues to serve as a leader that ensures a safe learning environment for all and a quality education that will improve student achievement. 

 

Kathryn Yarlett-Fenti

Kathryn Yarlett-Fenti Named Principal of Francis Parker School No. 23

The Rochester City School District is pleased to announce that the Board of Education Thursday evening June 6, 2019, approved the appointment of Kathryn Yarlett-Fenti as Principal of Francis Parker School No. 23, effective July 1, 2019.

 

Principal Kathryn Yarlett-Fenti began her 20-year educational career as a first-grade teacher in Hillsborough County, Florida. After moving to Rochester, she continued to teach with a focus on first, second, and third grades at Clara Barton School No. 2. In 2005, Principal Yarlett-Fenti became an English Language Arts Specialist at the building level, followed by several other teacher leadership roles. She served as an Assistant Principal and Principal for Summer School, and in 2013, she became the Director of English Language Arts, which soon led to the role of Executive Director of Reading by Third Grade. Most recently, Principal Yarlett-Fenti served as an Assistant Principal at Kodak Park School No. 41 and John James Audubon School No. 33. She is committed to creating a school community that is dedicated to providing a safe, supportive learning environment that empowers all children to achieve their fullest potential.

 

Shalonda Garfield

Shalonda Garfield Named Principal of Lincoln Park School No. 44

The Rochester City School District is pleased to announce that the Board of Education Thursday evening June 6, 2019, approved the appointment of Shalonda Garfield as Principal of Lincoln Park School No. 44, effective July 1, 2019.

 

Principal Shalonda Garfield is a native of Rochester, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience as an administrator, teacher, and former Rochester City School District student. She attended SUNY Brockport, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in English with certification in Elementary Education and a Master of Science degree in Curriculum Design with a focus on special education. She earned a second Master of Science degree in School District Leadership from the University of Rochester, where she is currently a doctoral student. Principal Garfield has used her talents and expertise to serve as a classroom teacher in the District, where she taught grades two through six. She also served in an administrative capacity as a middle school Assistant Principal and Interim Principal at East Lower School. Principal Garfield is passionate about transforming the lives of underrepresented students through education, and she is deeply committed to improving the field of education through social justice.

 

Robert Snyder

Robert Snyder Named Interim Principal of Mary McLeod Bethune School No. 45

The Rochester City School District is pleased to announce that the Board of Education Thursday evening June 6, 2019, approved the appointment of Dr. Robert Snyder as Interim Principal of Mary McLeod Bethune School No. 45, effective July 1, 2019. He replaces Rhonda Morien, who is leaving the District to pursue a new career opportunity.

 

Dr. Robert Snyder is a graduate of the Rochester City School District and has spent his entire career serving students in Rochester. He was first exposed to teaching as a high school student in the Teaching and Learning Institute program at East High School. Dr. Snyder began his career as a high school social studies teacher, where he served students at University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men and East High School. He holds a master’s degree in social studies and special education 7-12, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Rochester. This spring he earned his Doctorate of Education from the University of Rochester. He currently serves as an Assistant Principal at Mary McLeod Bethune School No. 45. 

 

Gina DiTullio

Gina DiTullio Named Principal of Charles Carroll School No. 46

The Rochester City School District is pleased to announce that the Board of Education Thursday evening June 6, 2019, approved the appointment of Dr. Gina DiTullio as Principal of Charles Carroll School No. 46, effective July 1, 2019.

 

Principal Gina DiTullio began her career in the Rochester City School District in 1994, where she taught grades four, five, and six at Schools 12, 52, and 45. While working in the District, she earned master’s degrees in elementary education and educational administration and National Board Certification. Dr. DiTullio also worked as a new teacher mentor and elementary mathematics specialist during her tenure in the District, providing many professional development workshops. In 2008, she was hired as a special education Assistant Principal at Monroe One BOCES, where she supervised students ages 5-21 in special education classrooms, including 6:1:1, 8:1:1, 12:1:1, and 12:1:4 configurations. Dr. DiTullio completed her doctorate degree in executive leadership in 2018 with honors and received the award for Excellent Performance in Scholarship. 

 

LaShara Evans

LaShara Evans Named Principal of Flower City School No. 54

The Rochester City School District is pleased to announce that the Board of Education Thursday evening June 6, 2019, approved the appointment of LaShara Evans as Principal of Flower City School No. 54, where she has been serving as Interim Principal since April. She officially begins her duties as Principal on July 1, 2019.

 

A graduate of the School of the Arts, Principal LaShara Evans obtained her bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of Rochester and then went on to earn a master’s degree in education with a special certification in urban education from the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education. During her 13 years in the District, she has served in various capacities, including classroom teacher and math instructional coach, as well as Expanded Learning Resource Coordinator and Assistant Principal at Abraham Lincoln School No. 22. Principal Evans is a graduate of the New York City Leadership Academy’s Aspiring Principals Program, which develops passionate leaders who are driven to increase outcomes and opportunities for students, families, and schools. Principal Evans prides herself as an instructional leader while creating a culture and climate conducive to teaching and learning.

 

Jacob Scott

Jacob Scott Named Principal of Edison Career and Technology High School 

The Rochester City School District is pleased to announce that the Board of Education Thursday evening June 6, 2019, approved the appointment of Jacob Scott as Principal of Edison Career and Technology High School, where he has been serving as Interim Principal since March.

 

A graduate of Edison Tech, Principal Jacob Scott is a lifelong and experienced educator who began his career in the District as a kindergarten teacher at John James Audubon School No. 33. He joined the Edison school community 18 years ago, serving as a school counselor, coordinator of the Student and Family Support Center, and Interim Director of P-TECH. For the past four years, he served as an Assistant Principal at the Edison Career and Technology High School. Principal Scott is well-known in the Rochester community, both as a student-athlete, mentor, and coach. He truly bleeds Edison’s school colors of maroon and silver and looks forward to working closely with the school community to provide a comprehensive CTE program with a focus on rigorous academics and work-based learning opportunities that will help prepare students for success in college and career. 

 

Dijinga St. Louis

Djinga St. Louis Named Interim Principal of Leadership Academy for Young Men

The Rochester City School District is pleased to announce that the Board of Education Thursday evening June 6, 2019, approved the appointment of Dr. Djinga St. Louis as Interim Principal of Leadership Academy for Young Men, effective July 1, 2019.

 

Dr. Djinga St. Louis is a 23-year veteran in public education, all in the Rochester City School District. Her core values are that schools and educators must be prepared to authentically engage the 21st century youth, which is inclusive of all students. After graduating from SUNY Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science degree in English, Secondary Education in 1996, she immediately began her teaching career. In 2007, she graduated from St. John Fisher College with a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration. Upon receiving her degree, Dr. St. Louis became a high school Assistant Principal, a position she held until 2011 when she was promoted to Director of African & African American Studies. In 2016, she returned to the role of building-level administrator, serving as an Assistant Principal at John Walton School No. 16 and most recently at Rochester Early College International High School. Dr. St. Louis completed her doctorate in executive leadership from St. John Fisher College in 2017.

 

Principal Moves for 2019 – 20 School Year

 Several veteran Principals are taking on new school assignments this school year.

  • John Gonzalez will lead Anna Murray-Douglass Academy School No. 12, replacing Vicki Gouveia, who is retiring from the District.
  • Rodney Moore is the new Principal at Northwest Junior High at Douglass.
  • Wakili Moore will lead Theodore Roosevelt School No. 43.
  • T’Hani Pantoja is the new Principal at World of Inquiry School No. 58.
  • Richard Smith will lead Integrated Arts and Technology High School, replacing Kevin Klein, who is retiring from the District.
  • Sheelarani Webster is moving to Central Office as a Principal on Assignment, supporting Deputy Superintendent Dr. Cecilia Griffin Golden in Teaching and Learning.