I am happy to announce that the Board of Education appointed Ms. Caroline Hernandez Pidala as the new Millbrook High School Principal on September 16, 2015.
Ms. Pidala was first interviewed July 29, 2015 by the High School Principal Interview teams. The teams were made up of a total of 23 interviewers, consisting of students, parents, support staff members, teachers, administrators and Board of Education members. The Board of Education conducted the final interview last Wednesday evening.
Ms. Pidala is currently the Assistant Principal at Roy C. Ketcham Senior High School. Prior to that, she served as the Facilitator for the Title I Summer School and as a health teacher at Van Wyck Junior High School and Orchard View. Ms. Pidala has a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from the College of St. Rose, a Master of Arts degree in Literacy Education from Mercy College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education from the College of Mount Saint Vincent.
Ms. Pidala’s strengths include: a strong understanding of the New York State Learning Standards and the Response to Intervention (RtI) process. She is one of nine members of the New York State School Safety Improvement Pilot Team. Ms. Pidala has participated on an action planning team for the development of Strategic Plans.
Ms. Pidala will begin working in Millbrook on Monday, October 19, 2015. Until then, Ms. Karen Ferguson, Elm Drive principal, will be serving as the Interim High School Principal.
Ms. Pidala is very student-centered and very eager to begin working with us in Millbrook. I look forward to a long working relationship with Ms. Pidala, as well as all of our students and staff.
I want to thank all of the individuals who served on the initial interview team. Their input was appreciated and insightful.
The Board of Education and I are committed in continuing our work to take the Millbrook Central School District to the next level. Ms. Pidala will be instrumental in helping us attain this goal.
Philip D. D’Angelo, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools