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Superintendent Jaime AliceaSuperintendent Jaime Alicea has dedicated his career to the Syracuse City School District, having worked his way up from a teaching assistant to Chief Operations Officer over the course of his 33-year career before being named Superintendent.

Mr. Alicea got his start in the SCSD as a teaching assistant at Seymour Elementary in 1983, soon becoming a teacher and going on to act as an Administrative Intern at Fowler High School. He has also acted as Vice Principal at Dr. King School and Principal at Seymour Elementary and Fowler High School.

His extensive experience in the SCSD also allowed him to serve as an Area Superintendent, where he was responsible for the overall support and supervision of 19 schools in the District. He notably established a Principals’ Advisory Committee, a parent advisory group, a Pre-K-12 articulation, monthly staff development for administrators and more. Going on to serve as Deputy Superintendent for Supervision and Instruction, Mr. Alicea supervised 38 schools in the District, including the Parent Partnership program, and was responsible for staffing schools and evaluating principals, among other responsibilities.

In his most recent capacity as Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Alicea was accountable for the supervision of the SCSD’s personnel, transportation, health services, food services, security, staff relations, risk management and facilities and operations departments. He successfully led the implementation of the Peer Assistance and Review program, facilitated a districtwide behavior committee and attendance committee, established a Minority Recruitment Committee, participated in the negotiations of ten collective bargaining agreements and revised numerous Board policies.

A member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Mr. Alicea also served on several local boards and committees, including the Onondaga County Public Library Strategic Planning Committee, SUNY Oswego Educational Administration Program Advisory Committee, Youth Leadership Greater Syracuse Founding Committee, New York State Education Department Assessment Committee. He currently serves on the Gifford Foundation Board of Directors and the Hope for Education Subcommittee. He has presented at the College Board National Forum and the New York Statewide Title I Conference and is a member of the Leadership Greater Syracuse Class of 1994.
 
Through his many years of dedicated service, Mr. Alicea has been recognized as the Latino Educator of the Year by ANCLA, the Latino Educator by Nosotros Radio and has received the NAACP Community Service Award, the YWCA Academy of Diversity Achievers Award and more. He was recently recognized by Syracuse University with the Chancellor’s Citation for Public Education as an advocate and leader.

 

Patricia Paser is the Assistant to the Superintendent in the Schenectady City School District, in Schenectady, New York. Patty earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the College of St Rose in Albany, New York. She is certified as a common branch teacher (N-6) and has an extension in Spanish (7-9). Patty holds a Master of Science in Education, School Counselor from the State University of New York College at Oneonta. She earned her CAS in School Administration from the College of St. Rose and is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

Patty began teaching in 1987 as a Middle School Spanish teacher in Middleburgh, New York for 12 years. She also was a guidance counselor for 2 years and taught sixth grade ELA for 5 years.  She is currently in her 7th year as the Assistant to the Superintendent in the Schenectady City School District and prior to that, she was the Paige Elementary School Principal for 5 years in the same district.

 

Catherine A. Lanham received a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from The State University at Buffalo and a Master’s of Science from Florida State University with a focus in teaching literacy to students with disabilities. She holds teaching certificates in the subjects of special education and art in New York State. Ms. Lanham has been working with teenagers since 2002 and has taught in Orlando, Florida and New York City, two high needs and diverse districts. She believes that all schools should be equitable and inclusive for all students regardless of their background or their family’s background. Ms. Lanham has previously presented professional development at the school level, for District 1 in the NYC DOE, and for TAC-D .

 

 

Karanja N. Crews is an award winning educator, life-long learner and the founder and director of the Teaching With Purpose Conference. Karanja has over 14 years of classroom teaching experience and committed to transforming the lives through inspiration and empowerment. Whether he is speaking or teaching, Karanja motivates his audience to educate themselves and their communities.

 

 

 

 

Darryl Williams was born in Richmond, Virginia and was raised in eastern Henrico County. He is a graduate of Varina High School and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Virginia State University in 2002. During his time at Virginia State University, he co-founded The Men of New Water Organization, Inc. and served as Chair/President from 2008-2014.

 

Mr. Williams began his career with Henrico County Public Schools in 2012 as Family Advocate for Highland Springs Elementary School. He was promoted to Lead Family Advocate the following school year, where he acted as immediate supervisor to eight school-based family advocates. In 2016, Mr. Williams was elevated to his current role as Family and Community Engagement Coordinator. His focus area is to build relationships in the community in order to establish partnerships and connect resources to schools throughout Henrico County. He assists with the supervision and professional development for three lead family advocates and twenty-four school-based family advocates in Title I schools throughout the district. Additionally, Mr. Williams leads the district’s fatherhood initiative called ManUp. The goal of this initiative is to encourage men to be more engaged and involved at school and in the lives of children.

 

Mr. Williams is a certified master trainer for the National Partnership for Community Leadership’s Partners for Fragile Families Fatherhood Development Curriculum. He is also certified as a National Family Development Credential Program Instructor to facilitate training on the Empowerment Skills for Family Workers course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharrieff R. De’Johnette is a full-time Education doctoral student at Northcentral University. He is specializing in E-Learning. Prior, to pursing full-time doctoral study, he was employed in Virginia’s public schools and Higher Education systems. He has 20 years of practical experiences as a classroom teacher, college professor, curriculum design, course design, assessment, social media tools, classroom management, committee work, creating and hosting programs, recommending students for employment and graduate-professional schools, and speaking panels. He has educated an estimated 1K students within his education career. He is alum of Virginia State University.

 

 

 

Deirdre Hollman is an avid educator with over twenty years of experience engaging teens and teachers in the study of black history, art, and culture. She served as Director of Education and Exhibitions at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for fifteen years where she created and sustained innovative programs such as the Junior Scholars Program, the Teen Curators Program, the Black History 360° Summer Education Institute, and the Black Comic Book Festival. A graduate of Princeton University (BA Art History) and Bank Street College (MSEd Museum Ed and Leadership), she is currently pursuing an EdM in social studies education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

 

 

 

Dennis Robillard works as a Senior Data Analyst with the Office of Student Support Services in the Syracuse City School District.  Dennis was a 2008 Teach for America Corps Member in South Dakota and was named school and district Teacher of the Year.   After leaving the classroom he worked as a Manager of Teacher Leadership Development where he directly supported Corps Members and district teachers.  Dennis has experience with adult learning, group facilitation in culturally responsive pedagogy and discussions around race, class and privilege.  In 2015 Dennis received a Master’s in Public Administration from Syracuse University.

 

 

 

Nicolle L. Haynes, M.S.Ed.

Nicolle L. Haynes is currently the Director of School Culture and Climate for the Syracuse City School District. Her focus is developing Tier I systems, in 34 schools, that establish, enhance and sustain vibrant and supportive school cultures.  Ms. Haynes likes to refer to School Culture as the womb that teaching and learning is developing in, and her goal is healthy development resulting in well-rounded scholars. She has been an educator for over 25 years and has provided leadership in areas ranging from Mathematics education, Bilingual and ESOL services, to Early childhood education.  Strong Leadership is her passion because the focus of strong leadership is service.

Melissa S. Evans is currently the Director of Student Support Services for the Syracuse City School District.  She was awarded the Administrator’s SAAS Excellence Award in 2015 for her work with students, families and staff in the Syracuse City School District.  Prior to her role as the Director of Student Support Services Ms. Evans was a principal and special education teacher at the elementary and Pre-K-8 levels. Ms. Evans has been an educator for over 20 years and provided leadership in many areas including Special Education and Social-Emotional Learning.  She is a leader who inspires others to walk where she walks and not where she points.

 

 

Irastina Reid is currently an Assistant Director of Special Education for the Syracuse City School District. She has 15 years of experience as a special education teacher for SCSD. My focus is on specialized programming and instruction for students with disabilities and developing Tier 3 systems to support students. My passion lies in helping students reach their full potential. I believe through hard work, perseverance, equity, fairness and opportunity every student can be successful.  I hope to continue to make a positive impact in students’ academic achievement and attainment to a life- long love for learning by changing their narrative and doing uncomfortable things!

 

 

 

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Mr. Antonio L. Farina is a 16 year Schenectady City School District employee. He was a science teacher at Schenectady High School and has served 10 years in various roles, and grades, from Dean (grades Pre-K-8) to Assistant Principal (K-8), Interim Principal (grades Pre-K-2) and is now the Principal at Oneida Middle School. He holds a B. A. in Psychology from the University of Rochester and a B. S. in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts. He received his Ed. M. from MCLA and is currently exploring his options in pursuing his doctoral degree. He has dedicated his time and efforts to urban education and the children of Schenectady. His work with TAC - D has been ongoing for roughly 6 years now. He feels that the discussion of equitable access to education and disproportionality is necessary in order for race, poverty, and disability not to be a predictor of achievement.

 

 

 

Mrs. Tamara Thorpe-Odom is in her second year as the principal of Central Park Middle School in the Schenectady City School District; however, she comes to Schenectady with significant experience in the Special Education Realm.  Mrs. Odom has a B.S. in History and Political Science from Mount Saint Mary College and holds certification in Elementary Education and Special Education.  She has a Masters of Science in Education from the College of Saint Rose and is beginning her doctorate work in Education Leadership.  Mrs. Odom is active in her community and a member of several educational organizations. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Jeff Bennett is in his second year as the principal of Mont Pleasant Middle School.  He came to the Schenectady City School District in March of 2016 as the Mont Pleasant Assistant Principal.  Although this is his second year as the principal of Mont Pleasant, he has experience as a principal in surrounding districts. Mr. Bennett has a B.A. in secondary Social Studies from the State University at Cortland, a Master’s degree in School Counseling from State University at Oneonta, and his School District Administration degree from State University at Albany.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie Zwerger, Esq, M.Ed, Director for Center for Strategic Solutions, leads a team that provides national workshops, trainings, and support promoting equity and racial justice. A former teacher in the South Bronx, Ms. Zwerger has 2 decades of experience as an educator and advocate, with a focus on improving climate for racially, culturally and linguistically diverse students, staff, and families. As a technical assistance provider in New York and Puerto Rico, Ms. Zwerger has been driven to support districts and schools in achieving educational equity. Ms. Zwerger’s expertise includes developing critical consciousness, combatting implicit bias, and dismantling systems of oppression in educational settings. Ms. Zwerger earned a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Northeastern University School of Law, a Master’s of Education (M.S.Ed.) from City College, and a B.A. in Sociology from Tufts University. Ms. Zwerger has trained and coached Superintendents, district leaders, university faculty and staff, numerous consultants, instructional coaches, equity coaches, undergraduate and graduate students and PK- 12 educators on facilitating critical conversations about race, power, and privilege as they relate to teaching and learning and turning dialogue into action for dismantling inequity. Ms. Zwerger and CSS offer Executive Coaching and staff development on fostering diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces.

 

 

Raymond Sanchez

Mr. Raymond Sanchez serves as the Superintendent for the Ossining Union Free School District. As an administrator in the Ossining School District, he demonstrates a commitment to serve all the students of the District on a daily basis. Along with the Board of Education, faculty, staff, and Ossining community at large, Mr. Sanchez focuses upon “raising the bar” and enhancing success for all students. Mr. Sanchez served as the Past President of the Lower Hudson Council of School Personnel Administrators, former President of the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Curriculum Council, and was a past liaison for New York State Association of Bilingual Educators. Mr. Sanchez has presented at various State and National Conferences. He is on the advisory board of the Future School Leadership Academy (FSLA) and Teatown Nature Preservation. He also shares his expertise as an adjunct professor at Mercy College, Manhattanville College, and Bank Street College of Education. Mr. Raymond Sanchez is also a past recipient of the Raymond Delaney Award from the New York State Association of School Superintendents, the Ambassador Award from the Ossining Democratic Society, and the 2016 Excellence in Educational Leadership Award from the University Council for Education Administration.

 

 

Jacqueline Jackson is a Teach for America ‘14 alumni currently teaching high school U.S. History and Special Education in the Bronx, NY. She focuses her research and curriculum writing on incorporating culturally responsive practices and HipHopEd into all teaching subjects. Her participation in the Critically Conscious Educator Series and Critically Conscious Educators of the African Diaspora (CREAD) have allowed her to conduct research on institutionalized oppression and develop a high school advisory curriculum that exposes students to institutionalized oppression, media representation and code switching/code meshing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nzinga-Christina Reid, MSW is the founder of BlackDiaries.Org, a non-profit that provides a supportive space for people of color to share their personal narratives through digital storytelling. She is also the Program Manager for Continuing Education at the National Association of Social Workers- NYC Chapter and an Associate Adjunct Faculty at Columbia University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Honigsfeld

Andrea Honigsfeld, Ed. D., is a professor in the Division of Education at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York. She also serves as the Associate Dean and Director of the Educational Leadership for Diverse Learning Communities Doctoral Program. She is a Fulbright Scholar, author, coauthor or coeditor of 18 books and over 50 articles.  In the past 15 years, she has been presenting at conferences across the United States, Canada, the UK, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, the Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates. She frequently offers professional development focusing on collaboration and coteaching and on collaborative leadership practices to support ELLs. 

 

Mariola Krol

Mariola Krol was born and raised in Poland, where she studied linguistics and English literature. After immigrating to the United States she enrolled in Tisch School of the Arts, graduating with a degree in filmmaking. She received a Master’s Degree in TESOL from the College of New Rochelle. She became an ESL teacher in a New York City middle school.  For the past 16 years, she has been teaching ESL to high school students in Franklin Square, Long Island. She is currently a doctoral student at Molloy College. She lives in Staten Island with her husband and three children.

 

Kelley Cordeiro

Kelley Cordeiro is a Doctoral student in the Educational Leadership for Diverse Learning Communities Program at Molloy College, where she previously earned her Master’s Degree in Education. She is certified in the areas of Childhood, Early Childhood, TESOL, and Special Education. Kelley is an elementary English as a New Language instructor, as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Molloy College Division of Education TESOL program. She serves as the Long Island Co-chair of NYSTESOL. Kelley lives on Long Island with her husband and three children.  

 

Amy Eckelmann

Amy Eckelmann is an English to Speakers of Other Languages teacher in the Rockville Centre School District on Long Island, NY.  In addition, she is an adjunct professor for the TESOL department at Molloy College.  As an Ed.D student at Molloy College’s Educational Leadership for Diverse Learning Communities program, Amy will be concentrating her research on drama therapy programs and its impact on English language learners.  Amy is the recipient of the 2017 NYSTESOL Outstanding Educator award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


L. Trenton S. Marsh, PhD currently serves as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan (U-M) at the National Center for Institutional Diversity, where he investigates the social-political development of African Americans in middle and high schools from select Michigan communities. Dr. Marsh also teaches a cross-disciplinary applied education psychology lab on youth development. His research has an underlying theme of examining narratives and lived experiences of students and families often living at the margins of society to help inform equitable teaching and learning practices and culturally relevant pedagogy in the context of urban schools. He recently earned his PhD at New York University's Steinhardt School in the Teaching and Learning department concentrating in urban education. His dissertation, Success at a price, received the 2015 Mitchell Leaska Dissertation Research Award and the 2016 Phi Delta Kappa Doctoral Dissertation Award. Prior to NYU, Marsh served as a Managing Business Consultant with IBM. His previous clients include Pfizer, AT&T, Egypt's Ministry of Trade and Industry, NYC DoE, and others. In addition, he previously served as a facilitator for the Youth Leadership Academy, a partnership with CORO Leadership Center NY and the NYC DoE. Marsh is a founding member of CommitMEN, a virtual think-tank that provides scholarship and guidance to African American men entering college.

 

Dr. Ian Roberts is the High School’s Network Superintendent with Saint Louis Public Schools, where he coaches, supports, and evaluates high school principals, providing them with intensive coaching for effectiveness and impact, rather than for compliance. He encourages the principals with whom he works to lead from an Empathetic and Culturally Responsive orientation; and to think creatively about how they can improve their school communities, coupling research and practitioner-based strategies improve schools and districts at scale.

Prior to this role in St. Louis, Dr. Roberts served as the Senior Vice President (Regional Superintendent) of the Lighthouse Academies Charter Schools in New York City, after successfully serving as the principal and Managing Director of Turnaround of the Academies at Anacostia High School, SE Washington, DC. Before becoming a principal, Dr. Roberts was an Olympic Athlete, competing in track and field at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. After his athletic pursuits ended, Dr. Roberts served as special education teacher and principal for nine years in New York City and Baltimore, and named as the Baltimore City School’s Teacher of the Year two years in a row at Forest Park High School.

 

Kacy obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Clark Atlanta-University in Atlanta, GA in 1995. She soon realized that educating, inspiring and coaching young people was hermission and calling. It was this calling that allowed her to transition from substitute teacher to principal in a six year period.

Always driven, Kacy added another milestone to her life’s journey in 2012 when she received her Educational Doctorate degree from Maryville University. On the road to her doctorate, as a principal, teacher and lecturer, she received numerous accolades, such as; the 2008 Aspiring New Principal Award from the Missouri Association of Secondary

Schools, and the 2011 Pettus Principal of the Year Award. Most recently, Kacy was recognized as the SASSP 2016 Exemplary Principal of the Year and the 2017 St. Louis American Excellence In Education Award.

As the current principal of Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, her alma mater, Kacy understands the power of walking in your season and not taking your assignment lightly. Her confidence and audacity continues to help foster an environment that builds leadership capacity among both students and staff. She is determined to be an example of a courageous and fearless leader by sustaining the schools’ values, traditions and commitment to excellence.

Kacy resides in St. Louis, Missouri with her greatest blessings, her three daughters Kennedy, Kori and Kyndal.

 

Ryen Jackson has been successful at delivering her own stations based strategy and certified to teach math grades 5-9. She is the lead traveling consultant and founder at RJ Consulting.math LLC, a math consulting firm specializing in math intervention services.  She is a math manipulative guru and currently the math lead, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and

Intensive 8th and 6th grade math teacher at a Tier 1 Charter School in Kissimmee FL. She has experience in a Tier 1 public school teaching 6th, 7th and 8th grade math, and experience as a math consultant. She implements her stations based strategy daily and has excelled in student growth and mastery. She's been successful in student engagement, including new language learners, and her data has proven 100% of her lowest quartile of students made triple the expected gains.

 

Corey Williams works as a Data Analyst for the Syracuse City School District.  Prior to joining the District he taught in early childhood education and served as an adjunct professor in Therapeutic Recreation.  With a Masters in Public Administration and a PhD in the social sciences, Corey brings a background in statistics, research, and program evaluation to SCSD.  For the past 10 winters, Corey has championed the causes of access and opportunity for individuals with disabilities by helping to run a fully accessible ski program.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nate Franz is the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning at the Syracuse City School District.  Inspired by teaching swimming lessons, volunteering in preschools, and mentoring adolescents in group homes throughout his time at the University of Wisconsin, Nate quickly developed a deep interest for working with young people. This passion stuck with him as he relocated to Washington, DC, leading him to pursue a master’s degree in early elementary education at American University. While teaching in DC, Nate was recognized as a finalist for DC Teacher of the Year and awarded the Agnes Meyer Award by the Washington Post.  Since moving to Syracuse in 2011, Nate has earned his building and district leadership certificates from Syracuse University and deepened his commitment to urban education.  When he is not advocating for equity in education, Nate spends his free time transporting his two sons to their respective swimming lessons and preschools.

 

 

 

 

Robert Spicer Ph.D is the CEO for Restorative Strategies, LLC.  Dr. Spicer has trained and consulted with hundreds of professionals and community members throughout the U.S.  in the practices of Restorative Justice and community building.   Dr. Spicer has received numerous awards which include an Honorary Doctoral degree from Global Ovei Dei Seminary and University, The Dennis Maloney Award for Community Service from the National Association for Restorative and Community Justice and the White House Award for Volunteerism under the Obama Administration. He has also worked with the Obama administration on the Rethink Discipline Initiative headed by the DOJ and the DOE.   Robert is married to Chandra and lives with their four children in Chicago, IL.

 



Kellie McNair is Co-Principal of Longridge Elementary School.   She has worked in the Greece Central School District for 18 years, first as a classroom teacher and then serving as a Math Intervention Teacher before going into administration.  She is currently working with her administrative team to build a Community School at Longridge which will provide mental health services, dental care, and afterschool programs to the 800 students that attend Longridge Elementary School.

 

In addition to her work in the Greece Central School District, Mrs. McNair is an educational consultant in the Mathematics Outreach Program at the Warner Center at the University of Rochester. She lives in Spencerport with her husband and their two children.



Jason Juszczak is an elementary school Principal for grades 3-5 at Longridge Elementary School within the Greece Central School District.  He has been a building administrator at Longridge and within Greece CSD for three years, beginning as an Assistant Principal in the same building that he now co-leads.  Mr. Juszczak believes that his time building relationships with the school community, his strong partnership with his fellow co-Principal, as well as the professional development through TAC-D has supported the efforts in addressing issues of race, policy, and justice.

 

Prior to becoming an administrator, Mr. Juszczak was a general education teacher, with experience in both grades two and three.  He currently resides in North Chili, New York with his wife and two children.

 


Keena Smith is the District Data Coordinator for Greece Central School District.  Keena’s work is centered around empowering district, building and teacher leaders in effectively using data to make thoughtful, informed decisions that ensure we are all aligned with the District Strategic Framework focused on Equity, Coherence, Excellence and Collaboration.

 

Keena has also been a Teacher Leader, Math Interventionist and classroom teacher in Greece.  Prior to becoming an educator, Keena has worked in Washington, DC for the Chemical Industry supporting Health, Safety and Environmental Managers in complying with regulations and as a project manager for environmental remediation in Western New York.  She currently lives in Greece with her husband and two children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Philip Weinman currently serves as the Engagement Supervisor at Schenectady High School Philip has led the building in developing respite programs and restorative practices that support students and help teachers in a powerful effort to build positive relationships and close the proficiency gap. As coordinator for the Operation Graduation respite program he enabled the most challenging students to navigate difficult situations, while understanding the rigor of academic focus needed to become a successful student.  Currently, Philip is a leading member of the districts Trauma Sensitive Schools core team.  His vision as an educator is to develop a trauma sensitive school that is invested in restorative practices as a necessary systematic change for all students.

 

Mrs. Leah Akinleye currently serves as the Engagement Dean at Schenectady High School on supporting students, teachers, administrators and staff through Restorative Practices (conflict resolution through conversation). She has currently conducted over two hundred Restorative Practice circles on building relationship to increase social capital. Leah is a member of several committees at the Schenectady City School District dealing with Attendance, Classroom Management, Grading, Student Based Support Team, Code of Conduct and Restorative Practice Team. She has assisted with district wide implementation on Restorative Practices, Implicit Bias and My Brother’s Keeper Mentoring Program. Leah believes in educational transformation. With a change in mindset anything is possible!

 

 

Dr. Trainor, PhD (starting at NYU in spring 2015), is currently an Associate Professor of Special Education at The University of Wisconsin—Madison, where she teaches graduate courses on qualitative research and special education. Dr. Trainor has authored 30 peer reviewed articles, 10 chapters in special education texts and handbooks, and, most recently became co-editor of Routledge’s Reviewing Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences.

Focusing on learning and emotional/behavioral disabilities, Dr. Trainor’s research explores equity and diversity in post-secondary school outcomes, perceptions and experiences of adolescents during the transition from high school to adulthood, and self-determination. Dr. Trainor served as the 2013-14 president of the Division on Career Development and Transition of the Council for Exceptional Children and an active member of the American Educational Research Association. She is member of the associate editorial boards for the Journal of Special Education and Remedial and Special Education. 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Sinisgalli is at the Long Island Parent Center, where she is the Parent Support Liaison. Yvonne Sinisgalli is a highly motivated and compassionate individual who has made it her mission to serve parents and caretakers of children with special needs. Presently, she works as the Bilingual Education Outreach Coordinator for the Long Island Parent Center, while also juggling role of mother to a child with a disability. Yvonne is also an Adjunct Professor at LIU where she teaches in the Special Education & Literacy Department and is the Coordinator of Student Teaching. Prior to that, she was an educator for the NYC Board of Education. Yvonne has made it her lifelong commitment to work with parents of children with disabilities. She is currently the Co Chair of the New York State Commissioners Advisory Panel for Special Education. Also she manages the responsibilities of SEPTA President in her school district. Her broad, yet detailed background in education, psychology, and Spanish language has enabled Ms. Sinisgalli to successfully reach out to parents in the Hispanic community. The combination of Ms. Sinisgalli’s expertise and endless resources has helped foster solid connections with culturally diverse regions across Long Island.