2011 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree
Amy M. Rumelt
Carman Road School
An effective administrator with proven leadership qualities, Amy Rumelt has over 30 years of experience as a professional educator, with more than 20 of them as a supervisor or administrator at public schools serving students with multiple disabilities.
As principal of the Nassau BOCES Carman Road School, Rumelt is in charge of all aspects of administration and supervision of the special education program, serving students between the ages of 3-21. She directly supervises over 200 certified and classified staff and is responsible for curriculum design, adaption and implementation; compliance with SED mandates and guidelines, pre-school mandates, and New York State Assessments and Standards; budget and purchasing management; and staff development and training. In addition, Rumelt interfaces with community-based agencies, the school's PTA and the 56 school districts in Nassau County.
During her first days in special education, Rumelt questioned her decision to switch from general to special education, but quickly adjusted. "After the first days, you don't see wheelchairs, you see children," she said. "When people come to Carman Road, they often say, "It's easy to see what your students can not do — thanks for showing us what they can do."
At Nassau BOCES, Rumelt is secretary of the Educational Administrators Association, a member of the Safety and Position Review committees and a former member of the Employee Recognition Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Association of Multi-Sensory Environments, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the Institute for Education Leadership, and she was a fellow in the 1991 Education Policy Fellowship Program.
Born and raised in Queens, Rumelt earned a bachelor's degree in early childhood/elementary education from Queens College, a master's in special education from Hofstra University and a master's in administration and supervision/special education from Hunter College. She now lives in East Hampton and Queens, N.Y., with her husband Richard.