CCSD Leadership Adjustments
Mr. Geoff Curtis, our current Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Health, will serve as the next principal of Bell Middle School, beginning July 1, 2022. “Since joining our leadership team last year, Geoff has demonstrated his commitment to the District, his care for our students, his innovative spirit and his instructional expertise,” said Dr. Christine Ackerman, Superintendent of Schools. “I have full confidence in Geoff’s ability to lead the Bell Middle School community as our next principal.”
Geoff received his undergraduate degree in General Studies from Lewis-Clark State College and holds a master’s degree in Physical Education from Southern Oregon State College. He also holds an Advanced Certificate in Administration from the College of St. Rose and certifications in School Building Leadership, 4-12 Health, and K-12 Physical Education.
Prior to arriving in Chappaqua, Geoff was a faculty member, instructional leader, assistant athletic director and peer leadership advisor at John Jay High School for twenty years. He also has nine years of middle school experience as a dean of students as well as a health, social studies and science teacher in the state of Washington.
Ms. Jennifer Kean-Thompson, a seasoned teacher and staff developer in our District, will serve as the next Assistant Principal, beginning July 1, 2022. Jenn has extensive teaching experience and a deep understanding of literacy education as a former staff developer for the Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University Teachers College and is currently serving in her fourth year as the District’s literacy coach.
She holds an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from St. John’s University, a Masters of Science in Elementary Education from Queens College, and is currently working on an Advanced Certificate in Administration from SUNY New Paltz.
“Jenn is a thoughtful and inclusive educator who builds strong relationships with students, teachers and families,” Dr. Tony Sinanis, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Leadership, stated. “She will be an outstanding addition to the Bell school community.”
We are excited to share that the Board of Education has appointed Mr. Jamie Block as the new Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Health, effective July 1, 2022. Jamie is a seasoned athletic director with 20 years of leadership experience in Westchester. Over the last 15 years, he has worked as the Director of Physical Education, Health, Athletics, and Wellness for the Valhalla Union Free School District, where he also served as the Covid coordinator. Jamie is well respected in Valhalla and in the broader athletic community.
Mr. Block holds an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and Business Management from SUNY Cortland, a Masters of Science in Health Education from Lehman College, and an Advanced Certificate in Administration from Mercy College. Jamie has coached various sports at the interscholastic level including wrestling, baseball, volleyball and football.
The Board of Education engaged in a confidential search process in anticipation of Geoff Curtis’s appointment to the Bell Middle School principalship. Mr. Block comes to Chappaqua with strong recommendations from his colleagues who characterize him as a thoughtful individual and educator who builds strong relationships with students, teachers and families.
Christine Ackerman, Superintendent of Schools, commented “Jamie has the disposition and expertise necessary to make him the right choice for our District. I am thrilled to welcome him to our leadership team and work with him again.”
We are excited to welcome Jamie to Chappaqua and look forward to working with him in the coming years!
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Adam Schoenbart will serve as the District’s next Associate Director of Technology and Communication, beginning July 1, 2022. Adam first came to Chappaqua in 2019 as an Assistant Principal at Horace Greeley High School.
His career in education began at Ossining High School, where he taught English and later worked as a Capstone and Instructional Technology coach supporting grade-wide digital portfolios, a flipped classroom instructional model, and the advancement of student-centered instruction. He then served as an Assistant Principal at Darien High School in Connecticut where he supported instruction, special education co-taught classes, and electives.
Adam is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and was named one of the National School Board Association’s “20 to Watch” Educational Technology Leaders and an ASCD “Emerging Leader” for 2016. He also received the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center Pioneer Award for “Distinguished Technology Teacher” in 2014, and was the runner-up for the Tech & Learning “Leader of the Year” award in 2017. In addition, he regularly consults, writes, and presents about teaching and educational technology. His writing has been featured in Tech & Learning Magazine and in online publications such as Guardian Teach, FreeTech4Teachers.com, and Amazon’s TenMarks Blog.
“Adam will be a tremendous asset for us at the District level,” stated Dr. Adam Pease, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. “His proven track record of integrating research-based instructional methods with technology and innovation will help propel us forward as we continue to implement state-of-the-art technology systems within our schools and classrooms.”
Adam earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary English Education from Ithaca College and a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching of Adolescent English from Teachers College. He also holds a Professional Diploma in Educational Leadership and a Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from Manhattanville College.