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Kathleen Bulfin-Rella is appointed new Assistant Principal for the Rosemary Kennedy School

Kathleen Bulfin-RellaKathleen Bulfin-Rella has been appointed Assistant Principal of the Nassau BOCES Rosemary Kennedy School (RKS) at Willet Avenue in Hicksville. She brings a wealth of experience to her new position at the school.

Ms. Bulfin-Rella has most recently been a teacher at the Harborfields High School. She has also taught in the elementary and middle school in the Harborfields CSD. During her tenure there she has designed the schedule for 12 high needs high school students that incorporated varied programs on and off site, including job training; cultivated a new high school career transition class; and facilitated and directed programs to incorporate support staff, to name just some of her accomplishments.

Prior to this she taught second, fourth and fifth grade-blended (inclusion) classes and resource room at J.F.K. Elementary School in the East Islip School District.

She started her teaching career at Eastern Suffolk BOCES in Special Education and went on to teach at the St. Charles Learning Center in Port Jefferson. She has participated in numerous professional development conferences and workshops and present at the Long Island Language Arts Council’s (LILAC) Annual conference where she wrote and presented a workshop with her co-teacher about phonemic awareness entitled, “Making Friends, Not Foes, With Phonemes”

“I have dedicated my life to teaching, helping and understanding all children, especially those with special needs, says Bulfin-Rella of her decision to come to Nassau BOCES.

Ms. Bulfin-Rella holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Albright College along with teaching certifications in Early Childhood Education N-3, Elementary Education K-6 and Special Education K-12; a Master of Arts in Deaf and Hard of Hearing from

Teachers College, Columbia University; a Master of Science in Administration and Supervision from St. John’s, coursework for Board Certified Behavior Analyst from Stony Brook University and an advanced certification for SDL from The City College of New York.

She lives in Smithtown with her husband and three children.