September 19, 2016
Dear Pine Valley School Community,
It is an exciting time to be a Pine Valley Panther and I am thrilled to be your new Junior/Senior High School Principal. It is an incredible honor to be part of such a compassionate community that holds academic success in such high regard. I look forward to an outstanding year in 2016-2017, which I envision to be one of academic and personal growth, as well as one where numerous positive changes will occur in our school community. I relish the opportunity to work in a school district that has such an outstanding reputation for maintaining high standards of academic achievement, while providing for the developmental needs of all students. I believe that my leadership experience will enhance the district's ability to deliver high quality education.
I’d like to take a moment to share my background with you. I was born and raised in a town on Long Island called North Babylon, N.Y. I graduated from North Babylon High School having been a member of the football, wrestling, and track teams. I was also a member of many high school clubs and service organizations.
I attended the University at Buffalo where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I was a member of the UB Bulls football team, the Psi Chi National Honor Society and the Undergraduate Psychology Association. In addition, I worked as a Resident Advisor in the residence halls and a Computer Consultant in the Information Technology Labs on campus. These were amazing experiences that introduced me to a career in education.
I continued my education at UB and received a Master’s Degree in School Counseling and a second Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. I spent approximately 10 years working as a high school counselor, predominantly at Maryvale High School in Cheektowaga, N.Y. I then went on to become a High School Assistant Principal and Middle School Principal in Grand Island, N.Y. Most recently, I served as the Director of Guidance and Special Education in Carle Place, N.Y.
Building relationships and promoting effective communication are the two values at the core of my educational philosophy. I believe that communication is the key to every successful relationship, whether personal or professional. In my training as a school counselor, I have been trained in a variety of counseling theories and problem solving strategies, yet I believe effective communication is the true cornerstone of a positive relationship. We do not take enough time to communicate with each other; educators are especially guilty of this due to the strict time constraints and mandates that we must follow. As a building leader, I will promote a culture where ideas are shared freely and where every opinion is valued.
As the building leader, I am ultimately responsible for the supervision of all staff members and the instruction and learning of our students. It is my job to serve as a support and resource for the students, faculty, staff, and parents of this community. All members have an important role that must be promoted and supported. However, the primary support and encouragement will come from my office in the form of continuous professional development, instructional leadership, and shared decision-making opportunities. I will not be an exception to this rule. I too will engage in continued learning to increase my skill set. No one is all knowing. Effective leaders realize this fact and practice what they preach.
Building positive relationships, effective communication, mutual respect, and personal responsibility are the core values that define my personal and educational philosophies. I know that my enthusiasm for helping children realize their potential will be a catalyst for producing positive outcomes in student achievement. I again look forward to working with you in cultivating our most valuable natural resource, the students of Pine Valley. I am very excited about working with all of you and welcome any comments or feedback that you may have. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you at any time throughout the school year. Best wishes for a safe and productive school year.
Jerry J. Parisi