M-W announces administrative changes, new hires

on July 13, 2017

In preparation for the start of a new school year, the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District has announced the following additions and changes to its administrative team. It’s going to be a great year! Congratulations!

“We are very excited about the changes taking place in our administrative team for the 2017-2018 school year. Everyone is working hard as we prepare to welcome our students back in September. You can feel the energy and enthusiasm throughout the district! Our newly appointed administrators join a team that is committed to doing our best for all Monroe-Woodbury students and their families.” said Superintendent of Schools Elsie Rodriguez.

Matthew Kravatz is appointed assistant superintendent for human resources.Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources: Matthew Kravatz

Kravatz has been an employee of the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District since 2005. He served as the interim principal for M-W High School during the 2016-17 school year. Prior to that, Kravatz was the principal of North Main Elementary for nine years. He also served as assistant principal at North Main Elementary and began his career as an elementary teacher in the Yonkers Public School District, Yonkers, NY.

Kravatz’s goal is to help positively impact as many students and staff as possible from his new position. As assistant superintendent for human resources, he will be responsible for hiring staff who are student centered. Kravatz wants to get a firm understanding of the positions in the district and get to know the people in these positions. And he has plans to help facilitate leadership opportunities for numerous staff and work with district bargaining units to discuss concerns and find solutions to potential problems.

Kravatz will support the board of education and superintendent of schools to carry out the district’s mission by putting people in the best positions for them to make a positive difference in the lives of children. He will also support district and building administrators so that they, in turn, can support their staffs. The human resources department will address concerns or situations that will make things easier for the district to focus on what we do best – educate students.

Monroe-Woodbury appoints John Kaste as principal of Monroe-Woodbury High School.Monroe-Woodbury High School Principal: John Kaste

As principal of the high school, Kaste will have oversight of all daily aspects of the building that houses more than 2,350 students. Kaste has served as the principal of the Monroe-Woodbury Middle School since 2012, where he has been responsible for the daily operations of the building. Previously, Kaste was assistant principal at the Sleepy Hollow Middle and Senior High Schools, Sleepy Hollow, NY.  He began his career as an instrumental music teacher in the Dobbs Ferry Union Free School District, Dobbs Ferry, NY.

Kaste is excited to return to the high school after being in the middle school for the past five years. One of his goals is to use his experience at the middle school to enhance the high school program. He believes that having a full understanding of the 6-12 curriculum will facilitate a continuity of learning between staff in both schools, which will lead to greater student success. Kaste’s goal is to work with staff and students to create programs to meet the needs of M-W students in our ever-changing world.

Monroe-Woodbury appoints Michael Maesano principal of Monroe-Woodbury Middle School.Monroe-Woodbury Middle School Principal: Michael Maesano

Maesano will be moving into the position of principal of Monroe-Woodbury Middle School, after having served as assistant principal in the same building since 2014. As principal, he will oversee all aspects of the building and will work closely with the building leadership team to create an energetic environment that inspires students to do their very best each day and supports staff in their efforts to provide widespread opportunities, in the classroom and out, for students to grow and learn.

Previously, Maesano was a social studies teacher at Washingtonville High School in Washingtonville, NY.

Joseph Coto is named principal of North Main Elementary.North Main Elementary Principal: Joseph Coto

Coto has been working for the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District for 32 years. He served as interim principal of North Main Elementary during the 2016-17 school year. As principal, he will continue the work he started by maintaining open lines of communication with staff and parents, and by providing students opportunities to flourish.

Coto believes North Main is a very special place and a unique community. North Main staff has created an environment where the students have fun learning and the parents feel safe sending their most precious cargo, their children, to school. Previously, Coto served as assistant principal of North Main Elementary for one year and assistant principal of the Monroe-Woodbury Middle School for 14 years.

Monroe-Woodbury appoints Rebecca Aviles-Rodriguez as Central Valley principal.

Central Valley Elementary Principal: Rebecca Aviles-Rodriguez

Aviles-Rodriguez joins the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District as the new principal of Central Valley Elementary School. She joins the district from P.S. 81, New York City Department of Education in Riverdale, NY, where she has served as assistant principal – data analyst since 2010. Prior to that, she was a first and second grade teacher in that district for eight years.

Aviles-Rodriguez will be responsible for the oversight of the 2-5 building and will work with staff and families to ensure Central Valley students have the best possible educational experience. She looks forward to the opportunity to serve this vibrant community and embraces it with enthusiasm and a high level of commitment to public service.

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