Patricia Sullivan-Kriss is the president-elect of the New York State Council of School Superintendents.
She is also the next superintendent of the West Hempstead School District, transitioning from the same post she currently holds in the Hauppauge School District.
“I am confident that her depth and breadth of experience, as well as her innovation in the education field, will lead our district to the next level of success.” -West Hempstead Board of Education President Karen Brohm, patch.com
Brohm’s eager prediction is based on the unanimous appointment of Sullivan-Kriss as Superintendent of Schools to West Hempstead beginning July 1, 2016. Sullivan-Kriss has an exciting résumé of groundbreaking changes that she has put into practice for both faculty and students.
Among her initiatives are Innovations Math, a literacy collaborative, and the Foreign Language in Elementary Schools (FLES) program.
“We will be expanding the services we provide to those students who come to us as native speakers of languages other than English. We also will continue to strengthen our mathematics program, as we continue our efforts to align it to the Common Core.” -Patricia Sullivan-Kriss, Horizons: Hauppauge School District, October 2015
Two of Sullivan-Kriss’ key beliefs to academic success are the creation of engaging lessons that utilize available technology to promote student engagement and creating formative assessments that mirror the Common Core. She will bring these initiatives to the state level as president-elect of New York State Council of School Superintendents.
She has advocated strongly for teachers to become more autonomous in assessing their students’ academic progress using products such as Engrade, which allows districts to customize evaluations based on the specific needs. She is also one of the New York superintendents petitioning Congress for annual mandated testing to be replaced with three level examinations for elementary, middle, and high school, allowing students to be tested on academic level rather than age, which promotes student success.