Meet the District’s Newest Administrators

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The district welcomed two new administrators this year: Sara Zito, interim director of STEM, and Dr. Rebecca Chowske, director of humanities. Both are highly qualified in their respective areas and bring a wealth of experience to the district.

Ms. Zito has been in the education field for the past 35 years, first teaching at the elementary level and then serving as an administrator in a number of public and private schools. She holds a B.A. from Stony Brook University, a master’s from LIU, and has completed postgraduate work at Hofstra University.

The new interim director of STEM said she is looking forward to supporting teachers in reaching their goals when it comes to mathematics, technology and science, especially at the elementary school level. To accomplish this, she explained, she will be in all of the district’s schools and classrooms to get a full picture of what is needed.

“I want to bring energy and attention to these content areas,” she said.

Ms. Zito will also be working closely with Dr. Chowske to intertwine STEM with English language arts, social studies and world languages.

“We are committed to making an interdisciplinary connection and are serious about how we are getting kids ready for the world,” said Dr. Chowske, who has served as a secondary English teacher and ELA director, as well as an assistant principal in Wantagh Elementary School.

Dr. Chowske holds a bachelor’s in English from St. Michael’s College, a master’s in reading from Fordham University and a doctorate in educational leadership from LIU. In her new role, she said, she hopes to make a tight connection with the community and students, as well as assist parents.

“It is all about the kids and creating a love of learning that they can hold onto the rest of their lives,” she said.