Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

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Ms. Leila Holmes
Interim Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction 

   Message from the Interim Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction: 

      It is truly an honor to be appointed by Superintendent Dungee and the Central Islip Board of Education for the position of Interim Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.  This opportunity isn’t taken lightly, but with enthusiasm to join the administrative team to help move the established programs forward, and support the district’s vision and mission with perseverance for ‘Children…Our Future, and Diversity Our Strength’.

      Although 2020 is an unusual year, the upcoming school year provides opportunities to build upon new paradigms for education despite economic challenges, technological shifts or threats from COVID-19. Last year, the traditional method of teaching was abruptly impacted by the global pandemic. The district quickly implemented virtual learning strategies by skillfully shifting teaching and learning expectations to include remote learning and digital devices. Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, Zoom and WebEx quickly became tools used to facilitate instruction, collaborate with principals and teachers, and communicate with parents. While challenging, we learned many lessons that will carry us into the next year and help us ensure student success. Schools are currently discussing procedures to keep students, parents, teachers and staff safe while providing an enriching educational experience.

      I look forward to building upon Central Islip’s strong academic curriculum, rich technological resources, and great faculty to support classroom instruction, virtual learning, data-driven and culturally -responsive practices. Through perseverance, productive collaborations and creativity, we can improve upon the systematic structures that support educational concepts in this era.  This is an era where educational practices will continue to evolve and birth new methods for teaching and learning. These changes will produce amazing outcomes for our students and present opportunities that we all can embrace. 

With over thirty years of experience in teaching in, educational supervision and administration, I’m now excited to serve as a resource for this esteemed school district. My presence in the Central Islip Union Free School District has spanned over twelve years in the capacity of Interim Principal, consultant and administrator. My Master’s Degrees and Professional Degree from Long Island University C.W. Post, were conferred for Administrator, Supervisor, Early Childhood Administrator, and District Administrator. I plan to use my formative training from East Islip, NYS-Childcare and Brentwood School District to help move the district forward. Once again, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as Interim Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, and look forward to an exciting school year.