M-W announces new hires, administrative changes

on August 29, 2016

In preparation for the start of a new school year, the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District has announced the following additions and changes to its administrative team.

Director of  Special Education: Karen JordanKaren Jordan, Director of Special Education

Jordan joins M-W from the Harrison Central School District, Harrison, NY, where she has served as supervisor for secondary special education since 2012. Her experience includes related positions in the Croton-Harmon Union Free School District, White Plains City School District and the Department of Education, P.S. 23, Bronx.

She will be responsible for the oversight of Committee for Special Education (CSE) and will promote a vision of special education programs and foster collaborative and productive relationships with all members of the community.

Lori Hock, Director of AthleticsDirector of Athletics and Physical Education: Lori Hock

Hock has been named Director of Athletics and Physical Education for the school district, following the retirement of long-time AD Ron Montalto. Hock, a graduate of Monroe Woodbury High School, has been employed by the school district for 10 years as a physical education teacher and has recently served as the interim physical education department chairperson.

Hock is head coach of JV Tennis and has also coached Varsity Tennis, Freshman Girls Basketball and JV Softball.

Prior to coming to M-W, Hock served as a physical education teacher in the Washingtonville Central School District. Hock will provide administrative oversight of all interscholastic athletic and physical education programs for the school district.

Wilson Castro, M-W High School Assistant PrincipalM-W High School Assistant Principal: Wilson Castro

Castro has been a special education teacher – Earth Science and Biology for the M-W Central School District since 2008. In the 2010-11 school year, he was an administrative intern in the high school and he served as summer school assistant principal for the 2015 program.

In his new position as assistant principal, Castro will work closely with the building leadership team to help students achieve success during their high school years. Castro is a resident of Highland Mills, has raised his children in the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District and is actively involved in the M-W community.

David Bernsley, Principal, Alternative Educational ProgramsPrincipal, Alternative Education Programs: David Bernsley

Bernsley will be stepping into this newly created position to review and study the district’s existing alternative education programs, research other successful programs and generate a plan that will allow the district to better meet the needs of this growing population of students.

He has served as principal of the M-W High School for the past eight years. Prior to that, Bernsley was a high school principal in Wallkill and assistant principal at Washingtonville High School. Bernsley was also a high school social studies teacher for several years. He is a proud graduate of the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District.

During his tenure in the district, he worked with the high school administrative team  to create and revise all curriculum programs, including many successful student-focused alternative programs. This expertise will allow the district to create a program that is inclusive of all students, especially those who do not learn in a traditional manner.

Matthew Kravatz, who has been principal of North Main Elementary since 2007, will serve as interim principal of Monroe-Woodbury High School and Joseph Coto, current assistant principal of North Main, will step in as the elementary school’s interim principal.

“I am very excited about all the changes taking place in our administrative team,” said Superintendent of Schools Elsie Rodriguez. “We are a district built upon a commitment to excellence, and the staff changes and additions we’ve made get us closer to our goal of providing the very best possible education for all students. It is going to be a great school year!”