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 (2017-2023), Policy Committee (4 yrs), Safety Committee (6 yrs) Athletic Advisory Committee (2 yrs), LAC (2 yrs), Legal Bill Review (5 yrs), NYSSBA trained— Recipient Board of Education Achievement Award (2019)
Personal: Glen Head resident (34 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 38 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 six years, and I am looking forward to continuing in this role for a third 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. Unfortunately, we are in the midst of a very fiscally challenging 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 an outstanding educational experience for all of our students. The financial implications for the future of this district are daunting. It is crucial that we do all that we can to move forward, making our best efforts for our children’s future. Although we face difficult times, 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 make every effort to exercise your right to vote on May 16,2023, 7:00 am – 10:00 pm, at the North Shore High School Gymnasium.
I am a clinical psychologist board certified in behavioral and cognitive psychology; I own and operate a successful group practice in Manhasset. I am also the Founder and Executive Director of Well U, a psychological consulting company that designs and implements workplace wellness initiatives. I have 20+ years of experience as a professor teaching psychology at the undergraduate and doctoral level.
Currently, I am the Vice President of the Board of Education. During my first term as Trustee, I have served on several committees including Wellness, Policy, Health and Safety, and IEP Review. Prior to being on the BOE, 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 earned my A.B. in psychology magna cum laude from Barnard College and a Ph.D. in clinical and school psychology from Hofstra University.
As a North Shore graduate and lifelong resident, 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.
It is with great pride that I announce that I am seeking re-election to the North Shore Board of Education. As the current Board Vice President, a clinical psychologist, and a North Shore graduate, my commitment to the community is strong.
My first term as trustee was more eventful than I expected. I was elected to serve as trustee three years ago at the start of the COVID pandemic. The learning curve was steep; there was a lot for me to learn and not much time to learn it. Schools had to re-open and North Shore worked tirelessly to get it right. But the pandemic was just the start of the challenges we would experience as a Board. Over the last three years, we have successfully conducted searches for several key positions in our District including Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Assistant Superintendent of Business, the Middle School Principal, and the Sea Cliff Principal. We have overseen a multiphase capital bond project to renovate our schools for 21st Century learning.
After a budget vote passing by a mere 17 votes, we worked to increase transparency, communication, and citizen involvement in the budget process. And we have ended our decade-long litigation with LIPA and now have clarity on what potentially could have been an unmitigated financial crisis for our schools and community. But despite these unprecedented challenges, North Shore remains a special place to be. Our schools remain ranked the best in the nation with every building and every department having received some type of significant recognition over the last few years. But most importantly, our children are flourishing from the rich and unique academic and extracurricular opportunities we are providing.
This does not happen by chance. Our schools are what they are because of the deep investment generations of administrators, faculty, staff, and parent volunteers have made. As a graduate of the District, I have benefited greatly from this community’s support of our schools. As a trustee, I am honored to know that I am doing my part to return the gift to future generations of students. The annual budget vote and election of trustees will take place on Tuesday, May 16th at North Shore High School. Thank you for the honor to serve as trustee for the last three years and I look forward to the opportunity to serve a second term. There is much more work to be done and I am anxious to continue my commitment to you.