New assistant principals arrive at high school
The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District welcomed two new assistant principals to Oyster Bay High School, Kevin Leach as assistant principal for grades 10 to 12 and Rebecca Menuzzo, as assistant principal for grades 7 to 9. The pair completes the school’s leadership team headed by Principal Sharon Lasher.
Leach comes from the Uniondale School District, where he taught high school-level earth science for the past eight years. During his tenure there, he took on administrative duties, including serving as assistant principal and then principal of the district’s summer school program as well as overseeing a district-wide new teacher mentor program.
Oyster Bay, Leach said, “is exactly what I was looking for—a small school with driven and dedicated professionals and students who take ownership of their educational experience, as well as a community that takes pride in the educational successes of their scholars.”
Leach earned a Bachelor of Arts in Earth and Space Science and a Master of Arts in Science Education from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has New York State certification in Students with Disabilities in Earth Science, Earth Science and General Earth Science 7-12, School Building Leadership, and School District Leadership.
Rebecca Menuzzo previously served the Carle Place School District, where she was a middle school English language arts teacher as well as principal of the district’s summer school program.
Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Menuzzo is passionate about continuing the strong tradition of excellence that Oyster Bay is known for and is eager to learn about the community, students and families, and work with the district’s dynamic team of colleagues to help all students reach their full potential.
“I’m excited to join Oyster Bay after learning about the rich culture of the area almost 10 years ago and instantly falling in love,” she said. “I can still remember the vivid details of my experience here—walking the halls of Oyster Bay High School, marveling at the beautiful building and discovering its quiet charm, and meeting the charismatic educators and enthusiastic students who brought the building to life,” she explained.
Menuzzo earned an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Nassau Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Adolescence Education: English from Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus, and a Master of Education in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Queens College. She also earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Menuzzo earned three New York State certifications: English Language Arts, Grades 7-12; English to Speakers of Other Languages, K-12, and School Building Leader.
“Mr. Leach and Ms. Menuzzo are outstanding additions to our leadership team and we are fully confident that their talents and skills will help bring our students and our school as a whole to new levels of success,” Lasher said.