At its May 8 meeting, the Westfield Board of Education approved the appointment of Elizabeth Delasandro as Supervisor of K-12 Mathematics and Warren Hynes as Westfield High School Assistant Principal.
A longtime math teacher at Edison Intermediate School and, most recently at WHS, with a proven track record of implementing differentiated instructional strategies for all student learners, Delasandro joined the Westfield Public School District in 1999. She will begin her new position on August 1, replacing Regina Kiczek, who is retiring effective July 31.
“During my time in Westfield, I have had the opportunity to grow into this new role and gain valuable insight into the conceptual development of mathematics from elementary to high school,” says Delasandro. “Moving forward, I am excited to collaborate with administrators and teachers in bringing quality mathematics education to our students.”
As a member of the district’s Strategic Planning Committee, Delasandro helped shape the five year strategic plan. She organized the creation and integration of interdisciplinary lessons as a teacher team leader, and worked with colleagues to plan, implement and develop lessons and common assessments.
Hynes, a 14-year veteran at WHS who teaches English and Journalism, will begin his new position as Assistant Principal at the high school on July 1, succeeding Margaret McFadden who is retiring on June 30.
"It has been my privilege to work as a teacher in Westfield High School for the past 14 years, and it's a privilege to begin serving the school as an administrator,” Hynes says, adding that he looks forward to continuing the example of dedication and hard work set by McFadden and to joining “the team of superb administrators the school has in Derrick Nelson, Jim DeSarno and Mable Huynh.”
For 12 years, Hynes has served as the adviser to the WHS Community Service Club and currently also serves as adviser to Hi’s Eye, the student-run weekly school newspaper. He has crafted new curricula for several high school courses, mentored new English Language Arts teachers, co-coordinated the high school’s peer mentoring “Transition Program” for freshmen, and is an active member of the WHS Helping Hands Fund, a committee of parents, teachers and administrators who support families in the school community in financial need.
“Mr. Hynes and Ms. Delasandro will be excellent additions to our leadership team,” says Superintendent Margaret Dolan. “Both have a wealth of experience and a true understanding of what it takes to help a student succeed.”
Dolan says the two emerged as the clear choices for the positions after an exhaustive search that included 80 applications for the mathematics supervisor position and 251 for the assistant principalship.