NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The City School District of New Rochelle named two key administrators on Tuesday, appointing a Trinity Elementary School principal and special education director.
Michael Hilderbrand was named principal of Trinity, replacing Anthony DiCarlo. An educator in the District for 16 years, Hilderbrand took the assistant principal position at Trinity a year ago after serving eight years as a New Rochelle High School house principal. He started in the District as a Spanish teacher in 2002.
"I am so grateful and honored to have been appointed," he said. "This entire process for the past 16 years, has taught me that everything you do matters, and this community has exemplified that in a very beautiful way."
He holds a master's degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from College of Saint Rose, a master's degree in Education/Spanish from Sacred Heart University and a bachelor's degree in Anthropology/Sociology from Western Connecticut State University.
Dara Joseph has been hired as the District's new Director of Special and Alternative Education. Joseph had been the District's Interim Supervisor of Special Education in the last year and has an extensive background in special education and regulations as an administrator, evaluator and educator.
She has ensured compliance with state and federal laws pertaining to commissioner's regulations, Board of Education policies, and superintendent regulations. She has also supervised the enforcement of statutes affecting the District that related to special and alternative education. She also served as the District's Committee on Special Education Central Chairperson.
"It is my sincerest pleasure and honor to be afforded the opportunity to serve this community," Joseph said. "I will continue New Rochelle's devotion to creative program development that is inclusive for all students. I will build on the existing partnership between school and community to afford students with disabilities academic and cultural excellence that challenge expectations."