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July 2018

Board Approves Appointment of Two New Administrators

At the June 5 Board of Education meeting, the Board approved the appointments of two administrators who will join Mamaroneck Schools beginning this summer.  Claire Scordo Reinhard will assume the role of Director of Research, Assessment & Accountability effective July 1 (replacing Mike Kollmer, who will retire at the end of this school year), and Judy Ravina will join the  District as Director of Dual Language and ENL Programs beginning August 14th.

 

Claire Scordo Reinhard began her career in education 16 years ago working in the classroom as a language arts teacher on Long Island. She quickly took on leadership roles and became an integral part of North Shore Middle School’s professional development/training of teachers in differentiated instructional practices. From there, she moved to Woodmere Middle School as English Chairperson, and then went on to become Assistant Principal at Roslyn Middle School, where she has been for the past seven years.

 

During her career, Dr. Scordo Reinhard has consistently worked with both quantitative and qualitative data to make informed decisions. She has integrated current and relevant research with best practices and analyzed the data to make determinations regarding programming and curriculum. When she joins Mamaroneck in July, Dr. Scordo Reinhard will expand upon her workplace-based skillset -- which includes collaborating with teachers around State testing data and academic intervention services -- to incorporate some of the knowledge she gained through her doctorate work.  Dr. Scordo Reinhard earned her Doctor of Education degree in Instructional Leadership from St. John’s University in January, 2017.

 

“Times are changing so much that it’s critical to stay current.  Just because we did something a certain way in the past doesn’t mean that is what will work best for today’s students,” Dr. Scordo Reinhard said. “It’s important to keep up with the latest research and literature to inform our own inquiry to ultimately make decisions that are best for students.”

 

Dr. Scordo Reinhard is looking forward to studying the curriculum from a Grade K-12 perspective and seeing how the curriculum spirals from the elementary level up through the high school. “I am very interested in following programs from early childhood through the entire system in order to determine how we can create the best trajectory for students as they progress through all the grades,” she said.

 

Judy Ravina comes to Mamaroneck with 14 years of teaching experience in the Bilingual Education field. For the past two years she has served as the Dual Language Instructional Coach for the White Plains School District, where she has been involved in data analysis around dual language initiatives, led dual language professional development across the district and advised on best bilingual teaching practices.

 

Ravina says her passion for helping emerging bilingual students stems from her own experiences and the challenges she faced as a student when she came here to Westchester from Colombia at age eight.  “I grew up in the Bedford school system, and unfortunately there were no bilingual programs at the time, but I had a fantastic ENL teacher that made my transition much easier,” she said. “I learned English quickly because I had a strong native language foundation, which research has shown is an important component to acquiring a second language.  I then became the translator for my parents who spoke very little English.”

 

In addition to overseeing the Dos Caminos Dual Language program housed at Mamaroneck Avenue School, Ravina will lead the ENL programs throughout the District. Among her responsibilities will be ensuring that the District is compliance with what is required by law for ENL learners.  “I look forward to working collaboratively with all stakeholders, including staff, parents and students, to further advance the academic progress of emergent bilingual students,” Ravina said.

 

Ravina holds certifications in Elementary Education with a Bilingual Extension, School Building, and School District Leader certificates.  She earned her Master of Science in Education and her Master of Arts in Education from Fordham University.