Long Island High School for the Arts names new Assistant Principal
Professionally trained performer and arts educator Erica Giglio Pac has been appointed to the administration of Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA). Ms. Giglio Pac brings nearly 20 years of educational experience to the role of Assistant Principal, as well as a considerable background in the theater industry, having performed in more than 30 professional productions. She was previously the school’s Program Coordinator.
“LIHSA offers students so many wonderful educational opportunities, and I want to do all I can to help them make the most of those experiences,” Ms. Giglio Pac said of her role as assistant principal. “I moved into administration because I realized that I could positively impact more students in a leadership position than I could from within the walls of my classroom. As AP, it’s my job to help students and teachers develop their skills, and to expose them to as many facets of the arts as possible.”
After completing her student teaching at New York City’s legendary LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, Ms. Giglio Pac went on to an illustrious career as an arts educator. Her early experiences included: director of youth performances for Teens on Broadway at NYC’s Circle in the Square Theatre; associate director of youth theatre for the renowned off-Broadway MCC Theater; and workshop facilitator for the Nassau Music Educators Association.
She developed musical theater programs for the New York City Department of Education, building musical theatre programs from the ground up at two distinguished schools for the performing arts: Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School and The Queens School of Inquiry. During this time, she also served as a lead facilitator of professional development for theatre educators, in the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Arts and Special Projects.
Ms. Giglio Pac filled several vital roles at various arts academies, including coordinator of LIHSA’s Summer Arts Academy and instructor at USDAN Summer Camp for the Arts. Most recently, she has served as program coordinator for LIHSA, putting her considerable skills to use in guiding the school’s talented student body.
As assistant principal, Ms. Giglio Pac is devoted to helping deliver the exemplary arts education that LIHSA students have come to expect. She wants to enhance the school’s real-life learning experiences and networking opportunities with professional artists, and to continue to provide a safe and nurturing environment for students to develop their artistic skills and voices.
“We are a small but powerfully effective team,” Ms. Giglio Pac said of the LIHSA administration. “We have an all-hands-on-deck mentality, and we’re committed to supporting students and teachers alike. I love the moments when I get to collaborate with my fellow educators. It’s energizing to work together on solving problems, bouncing ideas off one another until we come up with solutions.”
Ms. Giglio Pac plans to continue forging relationships with art and cultural centers on Long Island and throughout New York City, to bring the best the industry has to offer to LIHSA students. Furthermore, she wants to expand enrollment so that every child on Long Island has access to the top-notch arts education LIHSA provides.
Ms. Giglio Pac holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre performance from the University at Buffalo, a master’s degree in educational theatre from New York University, and a degree in educational leadership and administration from the College of Saint Rose. She holds New York State certification in school district leadership, school building leadership and professional theatre.
She has served as a regional judge for the New York State Alliance for Arts Education; delivered professional development in theatre for the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Arts and Special Projects; and is a recipient of the Richard Hirsh Memorial Award for Exceptional Students in the Arts.