On January 30, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Shaps announced that the Board of Education at its work session in the morning, approved his recommendation to name current Hommocks Middle School Assistant Principal Emily Macias-Capellan as Interim Principal at Hommocks for the 2018-2019 school year. Macias-Capellan will replace Dr. Seth Weitzman, who will retire at the end of this school year after 17 years leading the middle school.
The Superintendent’s announcement follows on the heels of an exhaustive search process that began in November, when focus groups consisting of teachers, parents and students got together to identify the qualities, characteristics and skills they were looking for in candidates. During December, stakeholders representing the Hommocks community interviewed a number of applicants and ultimately recommended two candidates to move forward in the process.
“After our two finalist candidates returned to the District to participate in lengthy interviews and follow-up reference checks, we concluded in the end that although highly qualified, these candidates did not quite meet our expectations for the next principal at Hommocks,” Dr. Shaps said. “The difficulty in finding an ideal candidate is compounded by the unique challenges of guiding a large, diverse, and high performing middle school. It is critical that we have confidence in a new administrative leader’s ability to keep Hommocks on the path of continuous improvement and excellence.”
Dr. Shaps noted the significance attached to this important leadership transition, acknowledging that this will be the third Hommocks principal in the history of a 50-year period. He said the District is committed to resuming its principal search beginning next January, 2019, when the regional candidate pool is expected to be more expansive.
“I am confident that Ms. Capellan will continue to work collaboratively with staff, students, and parents and serve with distinction as interim principal of Hommocks Middle School,” Dr. Shaps said.
Macias-Capellan joined Mamaroneck in 2014 as a highly qualified leader in the field of education with more than 15 years of experience as an educator and supervisor, having served as the Director of Instruction/Academic Dean at the DREAM Charter School in New York City for five years and as Assistant Principal at the Yung Wing Elementary School (P.S. 124), also in NYC’s District Two, for seven years. She began her career in Mamaroneck as Assistant Principal at Chatsworth Avenue School, where she served in that capacity for three years prior to moving over to the Hommocks.
“The past few months have afforded me the opportunity to get to know our dedicated teachers, students, and staff,” Macias-Capellan said. “I enthusiastically look forward to collaborating with our entire school community and continuing to build on the richness of our diversity to achieve our shared goal of providing all of our students an exceptional middle school experience.”