NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - After nearly three decades serving students in the city, a prominent New Rochelle School District educator is set to ride off into the sunset and retire.
On Tuesday, Associate Superintendent of Schools Diane Massimo announced that she will be stepping down her position after serving students in the district for 28 years.
According to the district, Massimo - who began her career in New Rochelle as coordinator of guidance and high school pupil personnel services in 1989 - was crucial in creating a developmental school counseling curriculum, creating the annual college night, implementing an initiative to expand the number of students who take Advanced Placement courses and providing teacher training in “differentiated instruction,” in which educators use varied approaches for different students.
"It's been a wonderful experience in a wonderful district," she stated. "I really have valued the diversity that this district has and the opportunity to collaborate and partner with so many talented teachers and administrators. They deeply care about the kids, and that's what it's all about - changing lives.”
Schools Superintendent Brian Osborne said that Massimo has “improved education at all levels” in the city.
"The initiatives that Diane Massimo worked on, often in collaboration with others, have improved education on all levels in the New Rochelle schools," he added. "Her child-centered approach to education has brought us many programs that will enhance students' learning experiences and lives for many years to come. We appreciate her service and wish her all the best."
Massimo is among 44 staff members that will be retiring at the end of the year, including other teachers and administrators. In retirement, she said that she plans to take on several new projects, to travel and learn Italian. “And I have a pile of books that I’m just dying to read,” she mused.