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Administrators Set To Start New Posts

Massapequa SD prepares for school year

As the new school year approaches, the Massapequa School District promoted three staff members to existing administrative posts and filled two administrative positions.

Ms. Diana Haanraadts was appointed assistant to the superintendent for Instructional Support and General Administration.  She was formerly the principal of Unqua Elementary School and has served as acting assistant to the superintendent during the 2011-12 school year. 

Ms. Deanna Catapano has been appointed principal of Unqua Elementary School after serving as acting principal for the past two years.  Jordan McCaw, an English teacher at Massapequa High School and the grievance chairman for the Massapequa Federation of Teachers, was appointed supervisor of Secondary Special Education.

In addition, Joseph DiTroia has joined Berner Middle School as dean of students and Ms. Ryan Aliperti has been named the new assistant principal at Unqua Elementary School.

DiTroia comes to Massapequa from the William Maxwell Career and Technical Education High School in Brooklyn where he was the dean of discipline for grades 9-12. He previously taught Social Studies in grades 7-12 at the high school.  Ms. Ryan Aliperti was formerly a literacy coach from Always Learning/Easter in Suffolk BOCES where she conducted literacy workshops and facilitated collegial conversations on best literary practices for district wide administrators and faculty. She previously was a tenured teacher in the Hauppauge School District.

“I congratulate Mrs. Haanraadts, Mrs. Catapano and Mr. McCaw on their new assignments,” said Charles V. Sulc, superintendent of schools. “They are outstanding educators who have demonstrated strong leadership skills and a wonderful commitment to our students, staff and community. I also welcome two excellent additions to our staff, Mr. DiTroia and Ms. Aliperti, and wish them the best of luck in the new school year.”