As we enter the 2018-19 school year, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is James DeTommaso, and I am absolutely thrilled to be the new Principal at West Hempstead High School. I grew up in a modest home in Farmingdale, where my parents instilled in me the importance of setting goals. I was motivated to work hard at achieving them, and I plan on bringing these same values to the student body of West Hempstead.
I attended Johns Hopkins University, where I was a student-athlete and learned to compete with some of the top students in the country. I have always been passionate about teaching, and after receiving my undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins, I went on to earn my Master's Degree in Special Education from Long Island University. I have served in numerous roles during my 27 years in public education, including teacher, coach, Dean of Students and Assistant Principal.
As your education leader, it is my mission to continue to "raise the bar" so that all students can reach their academic potential. With your support and collaboration, I will continue the District's work to foster a safe environment where all students have the opportunity to succeed. I plan on adding new and enriching academic programs that will foster and promote student achievement as well as recognize outstanding character and effort. Although there will be challenges along the way, I am confident that with the support of our students, parents and faculty, we can exceed expectations to create a learning atmosphere where all can thrive. It has also been my practice to be visible and available to those who wish to discuss any concerns. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me when necessary.
I firmly believe that activities outside of the classroom are an important part of school life. Research studies have proven that enrolling in extracurricular activities is a strong indicator of success. Students learn the value of teamwork and collaboration, which are important skills for 21st-century learning. Joining a team, club or other school-related activities can lead to future educational choices that positively and significantly impact one's life.
I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting the 2018-19 school year started. With your assistance, let's make this a productive and successful school experience!