Welcome to West Hempstead

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With the 2016-2017 school year on the horizon, the West Hempstead Board of Education is delighted to welcome new administrators to the district.

Lawrence Blake entered the district as interim assistant superintendent for business on July 27. He began his career as a teacher and math department chairperson for grades 7-12 in the Carle Place School District, where he also supervised and observed teachers. After serving for 19 years in this capacity, he became Carle Place’s assistant superintendent for business, a position that entailed drafting and presenting the district’s annual budget, as well as supervising payroll, transportation, the facilities department and yearly State Education Department filings. He took on the same position in the Port Washington School District in 1995, assisting in the district’s voter-approved $60 million bond issue.
Since 2001, Mr. Blake has been an interim superintendent for business for several districts on Long Island. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Lafayette College and his Master of Business Administration from Long Island University.

Appointed at the board’s May 16 business meeting, Dina Reilly joined the district as the middle school principal on July 1. As an assistant principal at East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School for three years, Mrs. Reilly implemented the Honors by Achievement Model, supervised students and teachers in grades 6-8, and created the Ambassadors of Character program to assist in unifying school buildings.
Also in East Rockaway, Mrs. Reilly was chairperson of the Languages Other Than English/English as a New Language Department. In this role, she was responsible for overseeing Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors benchmarks, monitoring the midterms and final examinations of all students, reviewing weekly lesson plans and departmental exams, and ensuring proper screening, placement and accommodations of all ENL students. In addition, for 15 years, she taught Spanish and Italian to students in grades 6-12 in the Garden City School District.

Mrs. Reilly received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Master of Science in secondary education from St. John’s University in 1993 and 1997, respectively.

With a strong belief that students excel academically and socially with the help of family involvement and staff engagement, Deanna Sinito will apply the same fundamental learning environment at Cornwell Avenue, where she will begin her administrative role as school principal on Aug. 11.
At M.S. 442K – Carroll Gardens School for Innovation, Mrs. Sinito served as assistant principal for two years and principal for seven, positions in which she coordinated strategic planning and visioning as well as developed systems for monitoring curricula, instruction and assessment. Following, she worked as principal leadership facilitator at District 15 in Brooklyn, where she attended superintendent meetings and professional development sessions, as well as planned and prepared monthly principal conferences. Mrs. Sinito earned her Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and psychology from State University of New York at New Paltz in 1998 and her Master of Arts in literacy from Hunter College in 2004.
A familiar face in the district, Faith Tripp began in the high school as an English as a New Language teacher in 2014, a role in which she created an ENL website with pertinent academic and community information for students and families and co-taught integrated English 9, 11 and 12 as well as Global 9, modifying the curriculum to support the learning process of ENL students.

Prior to joining the district, Mrs. Tripp served as a staff developer and dual language and ENL teacher at P.S. 163 in Flushing. During her time there, she collaborated with administrators and teacher leaders to analyze school data and plan professional development workshops in ELA, mathematics and technology instruction. In 2003 she obtained her Bachelor of Science in early childhood education at Franciscan University and her Master of Science in administration and supervision at Fordham University in 2007. Mrs. Tripp will began her position as Chestnut Street School principal on Aug. 1.

The district welcomes the new administrators and wishes them much success during the school year.