Joseph Wiener Named Principal of Robert E. Bell Middle School

Joseph Wiener appointed new Principal of Robert E. Bell Middle School.

Board of Education
Jane Kimmel Shepardson
Holly McCall
Vice President
Hilary Grasso
Warren Messner
Victoria Tipp

Christine Ackerman, Ph.D.

Assistant Superintendent for
HR and Leadership Development

Tony Sinanis, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent
for Curriculum & Instruction

Adam Pease, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent
for Business

John Chow

On April 29, the Chappaqua Central School District Board of Education appointed
Joseph Wiener as the new principal of Robert E. Bell Middle School, effective July 1, 2020.

Wiener is currently the principal at Lynbrook South Middle School on Long Island. He will be completing his second year in that position at the conclusion of this school year.

Wiener began his career as a high school biology teacher in New York City, and then continued that work at Jericho High School in Jericho, New York. In 2007, he was named assistant principal of Jericho Middle School, serving for 10 years before transitioning to his current role. During his time at Jericho Middle School and among his many accomplishments, Wiener developed the master schedule, oversaw the integration of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and led the transition to a standards-based grading system.

Wiener helped facilitate the team at Jericho MS that engaged in the Schools to Watch process, which led to the school being named a national School to Watch by The National Forum To Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. He is an active member of the NYS Middle School Principal Association and is on the planning committee for EdCamp Long Island, an annual “unconference” where educators from across the region get together to engage in meaningful dialogue about pedagogy, practice and learning. During his time outside of the school building, Wiener has presented at local and state educational conferences on everything from successfully leading Next Generation Science Standards integration at the middle school level to unlocking the power of social media for educators.

“Joseph has been described by colleagues as a brilliant, passionate and enthusiastic middle school educator and leader,” said superintendent Dr. Christine Ackerman. “He has a strong track record of developing deep relationships with faculty, students and families based on listening to the needs of the school community. We know Joseph will make a positive impact and we’re thrilled to welcome him to Chappaqua.”

“I’m excited to join the wonderful team of educators at Bell Middle School and meet the talented students and families in Chappaqua,” said Wiener.

Wiener received a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University, where he was a double major in Biology and English. He also has a Master of Science in Education in Literacy from LIU and a Master of Science in School Leadership and Supervision from Touro College. Wiener resides on Long Island with his family.