Nassau BOCES appoints new head of the Department of Regional Schools and Instructional Programs
The department encompasses several notable schools and programs, such as Barry Tech, the agency’s premier career and technical education (CTE) high school, and Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA), the Island’s only public arts high school. Other programs in the department include the Twilight Alternative High School, Regional Summer School, Adult Education and Work-Based Learning.
“I feel that to make any organization successful, everyone has to know that the work they do is valuable, that they are part of a team, and that each member of the team must be heard and respected,” said Dr. Theodorou, who has always believed in a team approach.” If you break down barriers and rally people together, they will work harder and more efficiently toward a common goal.”
Dr. Theodorou brings more than 30 years of experience to the Executive Director position, much of which was spent as an educational leader in the New York City School system, where she was the founding principal of two high schools. At Benjamin Franklin High School for Finance & Information Technology (Franklin FIT), students earned professional certification in computer technology that prepared them to enter the workforce upon graduation. Metropolitan High School set high standards for its students with a serious focus on getting into college.
Dr. Theodorou has served NYC schools as Assistant Principal of St. Jean Baptiste High School, Program Coordinator for NYC Technical College (CityTech) and Director of Education at Career Blazers Learning Center. She is also an adjunct professor and lecturer for City University of New York, having taught subjects ranging from curriculum and supervision for educational leadership, to English as a second language.
Throughout her long and successful career, Dr. Theodorou has always placed a high value on mentorship, often serving as a mentor herself. “When you mentor teachers, you empower them to become leaders,” she said. “When you show people that they are valued and respected, you build trust, which leads to greater contributions that improve students’ lives.”
Dr. Theodorou’s educational experience knows no borders. She was owner and manager of the Advantage School, a private language institute in Limassol, Cyprus. While in Cyprus she also served as an administrator for London University’s International College, as well as a college-level instructor for English language learners.
Dr. Theodorou was a member of the Chancellor’s Principal Advisory Panel for the New York City Chancellor of Education, and participated in NYC schools’ Mentoring Excellence program. She is certified by New York State as a teacher of English for speakers of other languages, as well as a school district and school building leader. She holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in education from Teachers College at Columbia University, and both a master’s and bachelor’s degree from Hunter College.
“I like change and learning new things,” Dr. Theodorou said of what drew her to Nassau BOCES. Now that she’s made the move, she’s very pleased with the results. “The dynamics of the agency are unique,” she said. “I’m really impressed with each building and program that I visit, and I’m inspired by the work that’s happening here. I know I can help continue to build a positive culture, and to make the schools even more successful.”
“We’re excited to have her join the team,” said Dr. Robert Dillon. “Her leadership as an educator will benefit the agency. We’re certain she’ll keep us on the cutting edge of instruction.”