NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – New Rochelle High School Athletic Director John Magnotta is retiring at the end of this school year. The New Rochelle Daily Voice asked Magnotta a few questions about his news.
Why are you retiring?
I am retiring as I have spent the last 33 years in education — 25 years in New York — and am 62 years old. I would love to relax and pursue other interests, which I could not address due to my extensive hours and responsibilities.
What impact do you feel you've made on the New Rochelle High School community?
I feel that I made a positive impact in that I was responsible for health education, physical education and athletics, districtwide. The programs under my supervision did affect all students in the school district. All curriculums were updated and revised over the years to reflect the most current trends. The athletic programs were greatly expanded to offer many new opportunities for student participation.
What have you enjoyed about your job?
I have enjoyed the challenges of the position and the interactions with staff and students.
The diversity of the district was a good fit for me. I do appreciate the efforts of the teachers and athletic coaches by providing positive learning environments for the students and teaching them many life skills.
How long have you been athletic director at New Rochelle High School?
I have been the health, physical education and athletic director in New Rochelle for the past 17 years.
What do you plan to do when you retire?
After I retire, I plan to work part time for Manhattanville College and supervise student teachers in its master's program (in physical education and sports pedagogy). That's all for now; maybe some consulting in the future.