New Rye Neck Faculty Excited About Small Community

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New faculty members stand with Rye Neck High School Principal Dr. Barbara Ferraro in the high school library in Mamaroneck. Photo Credit: Laurie Lawless
Faculty members listen in to Rye Neck High School Principal Dr. Barbara Ferraro talk about the Mamaroneck area. Photo Credit: Laurie Lawless

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – The Rye Neck School District welcomed new faculty members with an orientation course Tuesday morning in the Rye Neck High School library in Mamaroneck.

Ten new faculty members were hired this year, including an interim principal for Daniel Warren Elementary School.

“We need staff members who are multi-talents and multi-dimensional,” said Barbara Ferraro, Rye Neck High School principal and assistant superintendent of curriculum. “We spend a lot of time hiring and we are thrilled with the quality of the teachers we have here.”

The group was greeted by Superintendent of Schools Peter J. Mustich, and each of the new faculty members introduced themselves, speaking briefly about their experience. A presentation was then given explaining some of the history of Rye Neck and Mamaroneck and the mission of the school district.

“I’ve heard great things about this school district,” said high school English teacher Lyda Ely. “It is a vibrant community. I know the school is committed to its students and their lives, and it’s commitment to art is wonderful. So, I thought, it would be a special place to work.”

The Rye Neck School District is made up of a small portion the village of Mamaroneck. The district has slightly more than 1,200 students and is a very small community when compared with the Mamaroneck Union Free School District.

“The quality of the staff, administration and education and the kind of people you work with here are stellar,” said freshman English teacher Catherine Henry about Rye Neck. “The community interest as a whole is excellent.”

Rye Neck has been able to expand some of its elective programs this year, including sports management and global business practices. The district is also focusing on  its literacy program and the overall New York State core curriculum.

“There are shifts in the way we are teaching kids and the push is towards more critical thinking,” Ferraro said.

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