Dr. Seth Weitzman, Principal of Hommocks Middle School since July 2001, announced his retirement effective June 30, 2018. Dr. Weitzman explained that he tendered his retirement at the earliest point so the school district can launch a search to find an outstanding principal to lead Hommocks Middle School beyond its 50th anniversary mark when school reopens in September, 2018.
“Throughout his tenure in Mamaroneck, Dr. Weitzman has embraced the core values of middle school education and supported the learning needs of young adolescents,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Shaps.
Among other things, Dr. Weitzman initiated the team model at Hommocks, supporting 1,200 young adolescents in small learning communities, and the eighth grade overnight field trip to Washington, DC. In the last two years, he successfully integrated into the middle school curriculum student-centered inquiry projects that replace traditional final exams and offer a culminating experience for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students.
Throughout all of his efforts, Dr. Weitzman has worked towards narrowing the achievement gap. He has held regular meetings with groups of students from low income families, known as Weitzman’s Wizards, and helped build a vibrant advocacy organization called Padres Unidos for Latino parents. One of his favorite events annually is Real Work/School Work (also initiated by Dr. Weitzman), where he invites community residents to share their career paths with Hommocks Middle School students.
Dr. Weitzman is a Past President of the Westchester and Putnam County Middle School Principals Association and recipient of the New York State Middle School Association’s “Middle Level Educator of the Year” award and “Administrator of the Year” in 2016 from Southern Westchester BOCES school librarians.
A resident of Larchmont, Dr. Weitzman stated in his retirement letter, “It has been a genuine privilege to serve the children and families of this amazing Larchmont-Mamaroneck community these many years.”