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New Supervisor of Elementary Special Education Introduction

October 30, 2020

Dear Rye Community,

I am so pleased to share with you the exciting news that Jessie Wallace will be joining the administrative team at Rye City School District as the Supervisor of Elementary Special Education.  Ms. Wallace was appointed to the position in October and will begin work on November 2, 2020.

To find our new Elementary Supervisor, we conducted a rigorous search process, screening candidates via a thorough resume review followed by two levels of interviews with District administrators and a committee of stakeholders, including parents, teachers, and support staff. Finalist candidates were asked to participate in an extensive interview with Dr. Byrne; Ms. Sherri Goffman, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; and myself. In the interviews, Ms. Wallace demonstrated a deep understanding of special education legislation and a passion for teaching and learning.  It was evident that she understands the importance of collaboration, building partnerships with the community, and supporting the whole child. 

Ms. Wallace comes to us from the Yorktown Central School District where she completed her administrative internship and served as a school psychologist for over 10 years. Most recently, she was on a special assignment as the Secondary Committee on Special Education chairperson where her duties included chairing CSE and 504 meetings and supporting a variety of programs within the district. Prior to working in Yorktown, Ms. Wallace spent four years as a school psychologist for several grade levels in the Rye Neck Union Free School District.

Here in Rye, Ms. Wallace will partner with me to support the elementary special education department by supervising the staff, chairing meetings, and working with the building principals to support the needs of students in each of the elementary schools.  She will also lead professional development for faculty and staff, focusing on the implementation of Integrated Co-Teaching, developing appropriate goals, and helping to further develop skills in progress monitoring.

Ms. Wallace holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Manhattan College, a Master’s of Science in Applied Educational Psychologist, a certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in School Psychology from Northeastern University, and a certificate in Educational Leadership from the College of Saint Rose.  She is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the New York State School Psychologist Association (NYASP).

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Wallace to Rye and to our school community as our new Supervisor of Elementary Special Education.

 

Enjoy your weekend,

Erin