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New Rochelle BOE Taps Into Manhattan Market With New Administrative Hires

Tilsa Rodriguez-Gonzalez and Nicolas Cracco are taking their talents to New Rochelle to become new administrators in the school district.
Tilsa Rodriguez-Gonzalez and Nicolas Cracco are taking their talents to New Rochelle to become new administrators in the school district. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - With the holiday recess fast approaching, the New Rochelle Board of Education filled a pair of important positions with veteran educators that will take over vital spots beginning in January.

At the latest Board of Education meeting, the Trustees unanimously appointed veteran educator Tilsa Rodriguez-Gonzalez as the school district’s supervisor of physical education and health, while Nicolas Cracco will come from Manhattan to New Rochelle to become the principal at Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center.

Rodriguez-Gonzalez brings 20 years of experience to New Rochelle, both as a physical education teacher and administrator, working in the New York City Department of Education. Schools Superintendent Brian Osborne noted that “her desire to see all children learn to love being active makes her an excellent choice for the discipline.”

“I’m looking forward to working with each school, because not only is activity important to the physical health of children, but it is also integral to creating confidence and self-esteem,” Rodriguez-Gonzalez, who will join the district on Tuesday, Jan. 10, said.

Cracco, who was an assistant principal of the Early Childhood Discovery and Design Magnet School, P.S. 185, in New York, has also taught at Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy in the Bronx. He has earned a doctorate of education in instructional leadership and an advanced certificate in school building and school district leadership from St. John’s University.

“His experience as an educator and administrator will be a great asset as we continue to provide an excellent early childhood education for students at Henry Barnard,” Osborne added.

“It’s an honor to lead a prestigious school such as Henry Barnard as its next principal,” Cracco, who takes over on Tuesday, Jan. 3 when schools come back from break, added. “I’m looking forward to building on the programs that are in place and can’t wait to begin working with the parents, students and staff.”

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