Barry Tech gets new Assistant Principal
Daniel Cava has been appointed Assistant Principal of Barry Tech high school. A former technology teacher and administrator, he understands the value of Career and Technical Education and possesses a unique insight into the learning style of technology students.
Mr. Cava began his educational career as a technology teacher in the Island Trees UFSD, where he helped to improve the effectiveness of the district’s technology program through a variety of efforts. He was the founder and faculty advisor of the district’s elementary-level STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) Club, and inevitably had a hand in the creation of a STEAM Summer Camp.
He was founder and coach of the Island Trees LEGO League Robotics Team, and also coached the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics team. He also served as a Science Olympiad coach, a member of the District Technology Committee, and eventually as lead teacher for the technology department.
From Island Trees, Mr. Cava went on to serve as coordinator of instructional technology for Glen Cove City Schools. His responsibilities included: supervising instructional leadership at every grade level; managing a budget of more than two million dollars; collaborating with parents, residents and other community stakeholders; and serving as both district and building administrator.
“For me, one of the greatest benefits of the job is having the chance to interact with the students,” Mr. Cava said of his role as assistant principal. “I’m excited to get to know them, to learn who they are as individuals, and to support them on their journey to a successful career. It’s my duty to ensure that each of them has a place in the Barry Tech community, and to foster opportunities for them to explore their passions. This is a unique and amazing school, where every classroom and work space is buzzing with enthusiasm for learning.”
Mr. Cava holds educational certification from the College of St. Rose, a master’s degree in educational technology from Long Island University, and a bachelor’s degree in technology education from the State University of New York at Oswego. He is certified by New York State in school district and building leadership, educational technology, and as an educational technology specialist.