NORTH SHORE BOARD CANDIDATES –
A CONTESTED ELECTION
3 Candidates and 2 Seats
Occupation: Retired, North Shore High School, Science teacher (1985-2016), Synthetic Organic Chemist, University of Miami, Department of Medicine (1981-1983)
Qualifications/Honors: Graduate, Colgate University (AB, Biochemistry), University of Miami (M.S.). Science teacher for 33 years, Coordinator of Student Extracurricular Activities (North Shore Central Schools) for 27 years. Chief Negotiator, NSSFE Collective Bargaining agreement (2008-2012), College Board AP trained teacher- Physics, IB trained teacher – Physics, Woodrow Wilson Fellow- Chemistry, Nassau County BOCES question editor, Physical Setting- Chemistry, Interim Chairman, Science Department, North Shore Schools, Member, Site Based Decision Making Committee, North Shore High School, Trained Teacher Mentor, North Shore Schools, Trained Curriculum Writer, North Shore Schools, Trained Science Research Instructor, North Shore Schools, Advisor, North Shore High School Student Government Organization, Science National Honor Society(founder), National Science Bowl Team, American Field Service, Initiated and coordinated the three international student exchange programs between the North Shore Schools and Uckfield Community College, West Sussex, UK, North Shore High School Teacher of the Year (2011), North Shore High School Yearbook Dedication (2016), Member of numerous interview-hiring committees, North Shore Schools ( 1988- present)
Unpaid Guest Lecturer- North Shore High School (2017 to present) Trustee, Board of Education, North Shore Schools (2017-2020), Policy Committee (3 yrs), Safety Committee (3 yrs) LAC (2 yrs), Legal Bill Review (2 yrs), NYSSBA trained—Recipient of Board of Education Achievement Award (2019)
Personal: Glen Head resident (31 years) with my wife, Dr. Darlene Galati (BOE Trustee, 2001-2004) and four children (all attended North Shore Schools from K-12), in addition to being academic leaders (2 Valedictorians and a Salutatorian) at North Shore, they were extracurricular leaders as well- All-State and All County Musicians, All County and All Conference athletes, Class and Student Government Presidents, each accumulated more than 1000 hours of community service. All four of my children graduated from Cornell University, and pursued graduate/professional degrees (Richard, J.D. Northwestern University School of Law, Christina, M.Arch., Washington University in St. Louis, Matthew, D.V.M., Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, Jonathan, M.D. , Weill Cornell Medical College). I am a member of Loggia Glen Cove OSIA, and the North Shore Kiwanis Club, as well as having been a member of several science education groups, such as STANYS, AAPT, and NSTA.
Statement: For the past 35 years, I have served this community as a dedicated, responsible, tireless advocate for our children. The North Shore Schools have been an integral part of my life, and I want to continue to serve the families of the district. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as a Trustee on the Board of Education for the past three years, and I am very hopeful of continuing in this role for a second term. My children undoubtedly benefitted from all that North Shore had to offer, and I feel strongly that I want to continue to help to increase opportunities and provide excellent experiences for ALL of our current students, and those to come. I am committed to listening to my constituents, working collegially and cooperatively with fellow board members, administrators, faculty and staff, and expanding upon our already strong foundation. As we are all too keenly aware, we are in the midst of a very difficult time which will necessitate changes in how we proceed as a district to ensure the safety of our students and workers while continuing to provide a superior educational experience for all of our students. The toll that the pandemic has taken on all of us has been horrific socially, emotionally, and economically. The financial implications for the district are daunting as we move forward, making our best efforts for our children’s future. Although we face an uncertain time, I remain committed to working vigorously to help the community in any way I can. I would greatly appreciate your support and your vote in the upcoming election. Regardless of how you vote, please be sure to return your postage paid absentee ballot promptly, so that it is received no later than June 9, 2020.
For the last 20 years, I have worked in higher education teaching psychology to students at public institutions. Currently, I am a full professor at Suffolk County Community College where I teach both face-to-face and on distance learning platforms. For the last 14 years, I have worked as a clinical psychologist in a successful group private practice in Manhasset that I own and operate. I treat clients of all ages and disorders, particularly anxiety and depression.
Five years ago, when my daughter entered kindergarten, I became active in the District. I served as Secretary of the Legislative Action Committee (LAC) and a member of Glen Head’s Shared Decision Making Committee, the District’s Five Year Strategic Planning Committee, the STEM Task Force, the Homework Task Force and the Glen Head Principal Search Committee. I also spearheaded popular and innovative programs, such as Glen Head’s Science Saturday and the District’s Let Grow Project. Volunteering in this capacity gave me insight into what the District does well and where there is room for improvement.
I earned my A.B. in psychology magna cum laude from Barnard College and a Ph.D. in clinical and school psychology from Hofstra University. I am board certified in behavioral and cognitive psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.
As a North Shore graduate, lifelong resident, former Roslyn Trinity Co-op parent, and now parent of a fourth grader at Glen Head, my commitment to this community is strong. Raised in Old Brookville, I attended the District’s schools from K-12. Watching my daughter share in many of the same North Shore traditions that I enjoyed as a child has made living in Glen Head extra special for my family. My husband, daughter and I love long walks with our two dogs, Oreo and Martin. I also enjoy playing “Uno” with my family though I always seem to lose.
It is with great pride that I announce my candidacy for North Shore Board of Education Trustee. As a North Shore graduate, I have no doubt that the benefits of my education still remain with me today. But as a parent, I am deeply concerned about the many challenges our community and District are facing. Together, we have made a tremendous investment in our schools. North Shore has robust programs in the arts, athletics, and academics that must be preserved. We need to continue to aspire to meet the educational, psychosocial, and physical needs of all learners. However, we must balance our commitment to our children with the economic realities unfolding. To best do this, we must elect measured leaders who will protect our children's education because they are invested in the long-term success of North Shore. I will be that good steward of our community’s incredible resources.
Senior Marketing Director for an international Marketing company with 28 years of experience successfully managing the firm’s budgets and strategic plans
Audited Fortune 500 Companies for a major Certified Public Accounting firm
Associate Accounting Instructor at Indiana University
Certified Public Accountant, December 1989 (currently inactive)
Previous member of many North Shore School District Committees including, North Shore Middle School Shared Decision-Making Committee, Superintendent Advisory Council, and North Shore School District Bond Committee
Board of Director and Executive Committee Member of North Shore Concerned Citizens – group of community members and business leaders who have been meeting with local legislators and water industry experts with the goal of making the Sea Cliff Water District a publicly controlled entity which can provide clean, affordable water to our community · President of the Property Owners' Association of North Shore Acres
Active member of the Glen Head - Glenwood Civic Council
M.B.A., Marketing, Indiana University
The Washington Campus Program, Georgetown University
B.S., Accounting, Summa Cum Laude, St. Francis College
Husband of Joanie (Garden City Public High School Teacher for 28 years) and father of two children
“I believe that strong local public schools are the backbone of a community. I am and always have been a strong supporter of the North Shore School District and am extremely proud and grateful for the experiences my family has had at the Glenwood Landing Elementary School and the North Shore Middle School. As a Board of Education Trustee, I would work tirelessly to make sure that future generations of children can have even more positive experiences than my children enjoyed. I am eager to apply my 30+ years of business experience as a marketing executive, financial auditor, and accountant to the many challenges facing our School District. My creative problem-solving skills, strong analytical background, and extensive experience preparing and auditing budgets for large multinational companies, makes me uniquely qualified to represent the community on the complex financial matters of the school district. In addition, my many years of experience working with local civic leaders and the North Shore Concerned Citizens group has made me extremely knowledgeable on the many school related issues related to LIPA and New York American Water. As arguably, the most frequent attendee of Board of Education meetings in the last 10 years, I am well positioned to make an immediate positive impact on the Board of Education. I, therefore, believe I am the ideal candidate to serve the children, community, and highly qualified administrative team that has been assembled the last few years. I hope you will take the time to vote for me! Thanks, in advance, for your support.”