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Special Education introduces new Principal and 6 Assistant Principals

Nassau BOCES significantly increased its Special Education building leadership by adding a new principal position as well as four new assistant principal positions. Two open assistant principal positions were also filled. Enrollment growth, the changing needs of the students served and new mandates all led to this unprecedented investment in special education leadership.

 

Margo Owen
Principal
Willet Avenue School

New Willet Avenue School Principal Margo Owen joins the agency from The Riverview School D75 in Queens, NY, where she has served as assistant principal since 2017. Ms. Owens started as a teaching assistant in Seaford before moving to the New York City school system, where she worked as a teaching assistant, special education teacher and school-based coach before becoming an assistant principal. She is committed to celebrating the individual achievements of all students and staff members.

 

Todd Zuckerwise
Assistant Principal
Jerusalem Avenue Elementary School

Todd Zuckerwise, the new Assistant Principal at Jerusalem Avenue Elementary School, joined Nassau BOCES in 2007. He began as a teacher in the program where he will now be an administrator. During his tenure, he has also taught at Children’s Readiness Center and Rosemary Kennedy School. He was most recently a technology curriculum teacher for Jerusalem Avenue. In this role, he developed and facilitated staff professional development and managed the integration of classroom-based technology. He also served as the Extended School Year summer coordinator for the Rosemary Kennedy School.

 

Alexandra Fishman
Assistant Principal
Children’s Readiness Center

New Children’s Readiness Center Assistant Principal Alexandra Fishman joined Nassau BOCES in 2015, starting as a teacher assistant before moving up to substitute teacher and classroom teacher. She started at the Willet Avenue School and remained with the program when it relocated to the Robert Williams School. She was also a group leader for the Town of Hempstead’s Camp ANCHOR, for children and adults with special needs, from 2008 to 2020.

 

Jill Guzzardo
Assistant Principal
Children’s Readiness Center

Jill Guzzardo, who is also joining the Children’s Readiness Center as an Assistant Principal, began her career as a teacher aide for Nassau BOCES before joining the New York City school system as a special education teacher. Most recently, she served as a Unit Coordinator for PS 277Q District 75 in Long Island City, NY. There she managed a 10-classroom special education unit. 

 

Brianna Frasca
Assistant Principal
Rosemary Kennedy School

The Rosemary Kennedy School’s new Assistant Principal is Brianna Frasca. Previously, she served as a special education teacher at Brooklyn’s Woodworth School in the New York City school system and for the William Floyd School District on Long Island. She is committed to developing individualized programs based on data-driven assessments and social-emotional recommendations. 

 

Nicholas Lenoci II
Assistant Principal
Rosemary Kennedy School

Nicholas Lenoci II, who also joins Rosemary Kennedy School as an Assistant Principal, has extensive experience as a physical educator and health teacher, having served in that capacity for the New York City school system, Nassau BOCES and the New York State Education Department’s Woodward Children’s Center. Among his many specialties, he consulted and coordinated with special education teachers and related service providers regarding differentiated instruction for students.

 

Alyssa Testagrose
Assistant Principal
Carman Road School

New Carman Road School Assistant Principal Alyssa Testagrose joined the program in 2017 as a special education teacher and moved up to curriculum coordinator. In this role, she already worked closely with the program leadership and collaborated with teachers and support staff in developing appropriate individualized curriculum for students. Prior to joining Nassau BOCES, she taught professional development for Nassau TRACT and served as a special education teacher in New York City and Seaford.