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Superintendent's Office

Welcome to the webpage for the Office of the Superintendent of Schools for the West Hempstead UFSD.  I trust you will find the information on this page helpful.  The role of the Superintendent is to oversee the academic, social, athletic, health/safety and business operations of the school district for the people of West Hempstead and the Board of Education as their representatives.  In this role I have the assistance of board members, administrators, faculty, professional staff and support staff.  All of us take our obligation to the students, parents/guardians and residents of West Hempstead very seriously and see ourselves as partners in the education of the students in our care.

I want to be a part of creating and enjoying a learning environment where rigor, risk taking, symbiosis, autonomy, and access for all are expected, valued, and modeled. Seymour Sarason stated, "Learning is a process that occurs in an interpersonal context and is dynamically comprised of factors whose strength is never zero. Those factors have labels such as motivation, attitude, cognition, affect, and self-regard." Motivation, in particular intrinsic motivation, is of particular interest to me. Why students actively participate in one course, but are disengaged in another has always intrigued me. I believe a part of this may lie in the fact that the more the student becomes the teacher and the more the teacher becomes the learner, the more successful the outcomes. 

One question I hope to answer for our schools and in my professional life is, "How do different theories and philosophies concerning the nature of human development, the role of schooling in a democratic society, issues centering on social justice and equity, the subject matter of education, and the need for educational specialists whose job it would be to bring to the system the fruits of new ideas and research affect educational outcomes?" I am unsure where I read this, but I wrote it down and refer to it when I am in a state of cognitive dissonance. 

As a student, athlete, leader, family member and friend I have tried to be in the “zone” or obtain that state of flow.  Coined by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, flow is the height of focused motivation. While in a state of flow, a person’s action and awareness merge, there is a strong concentration on the task at hand, and there is a loss of awareness of time. This is the type of experience I want our students to be able to experience. The William James quote sums up my beliefs beautifully, “In teaching, you must simply work your pupil in such a state of interest - with every other object of attention banished from his mind; then reveal it to him so impressively that he remembers it to his dying day; and finally fill him with him with devouring curiosity to know what the next steps are.”
 
The West Hempstead School District encompasses five schools:
 
West Hempstead High School (Grades 9-12) - located at 400 Nassau Boulevard
West Hempstead Middle School (Grades 6-8) - located at 450 Nassau Boulevard
Cornwell Avenue School (Grades 1 - 5) - located at 250 Cornwell Avenue
George Washington School (Grades 1-5) - located at 347 William Street
Chestnut Street School (Kindergarten) - located at 252 Chestnut Street
 
(Information pertaining to each school can be found on this website under the "Schools" tab.)
 
Also located within the boundaries of West Hempstead are the Gersh Academy, the Hebrew Academy of West Hempstead and St. Thomas the Apostle School.  The school district has excellent relationships with all three schools.
 
District Office is located at: 
252 Chestnut Street

District Office Hours are: 
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (September through June)
8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (July and August)
 
District Office houses the following offices:

Office of the Superintendent - (516) 390-3107
Daniel Rehman - Superintendent of Schools
Theresa Bryant - Secretary to the Superintendent
Amy Tenenbaum - Personnel Coordinator

Office of the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction - (516) 390-3119
Dina Reilly - Assistant Superintendent
Cathy Delrossi - Secretary to the Assistant Superintendent

 
Office of the Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations - (516) 390-3103
Joel C. Press  - Assistant Superintendent
Jane Docar - Secretary to the Deputy Superintendent
Annette O'Keefe - Assistant Business Manager
Angela Homapour - Accountant - Accounts Payable
Denise Lavin - Account Clerk for Business Operations
Gina Gandolfo - Transportation Coordinator
 
Offices of the Directors of Facilities and Technological Services - (516) 390-3105
Anthony Vecchione - Director of School Facilities and Operations
Vincent Fleck - Director of Technological Services
Marie Doyle-Ponsot - Secretary to the Directors and Textbook Clerk
William Lohrberg - Computer Support Technician
 
District Clerk and Secretary to the Board of Education - (516) 390-3118
Kathryn Girolamo
 
Central Registration - (516) 390-3120 
Hours:    
Monday - Friday:  8:00 am - 4:00 pm (September - June) and 8:00 am - 2:30 pm (July and August)
 
District Treasurer - (516) 390-3109
Brian Cleary
 
Again, I trust this information is helpful to you and encourage you to give us a call with any questions and/or concerns you may have.