Mayor Spano Appoints New Trustee to Yonkers Board of Education
YONKERS, NY – November 30, 2017 – Mayor Mike Spano today swore in Dr. Rosalba Corrado Del Vecchio as his newest appointment to the Yonkers Board of Education. As trustee of the Yonkers Board of Education, Dr. Del Vecchio will join eight other members of the Board, which is the official policy making body of the School District. Dr. Del Vecchio replaces Trustee Jim Cavanaugh who vacated his position on the Board to become Mayor Spano’s Deputy Mayor.
“As we work toward providing our students with the best education possible, I am proud to appoint Dr. Del Vecchio to the Board of Education as her extensive work in academia and her institutional knowledge of our schools make her an ideal Board Trustee,” said Mayor Spano. “Together, we can address the needs and concerns of the District and support our schools’ goals for our students.”
A doctoral degree graduate from Fordham University, Dr. Del Vecchio specializes in educational leadership, administration and policy, with a concentration on partnership development and professional development of aspiring school administrators. Since 2005, Dr. Rosalba Corrado Del Vecchio continues to teach, mentor and advise students in the Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership (DAIL) at St. John’s University School of Education. Dr. Del Vecchio is also the Director of School Leadership Programs for aspiring principals and administrators in non-public schools, a partnership program with NYC Department of Education (DOE) and St. John’s University. Prior to her work at St. John’s University, Dr. Del Vecchio was Director of Grants and Special Programs for over ten years in the Yonkers Public Schools and was responsible for the management and implementation of over $60 million in categorical and competitive grant programs in the District. Dr. Del Vecchio began her educational career in Yonkers as a high school teacher of Spanish, Italian, French and English, initiating the modern languages course offerings at Saunders and the award-winning Literary Art Magazine, the first in the history of a Trades and Technical High School. She also served as a building administrator, central office supervisor of ten schools, and coordinator of the first restructuring initiative, EDUCATION 2000.
A Fulbright Fellowship recipient to the University of Perugia, Italy, and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow to Yale University, Dr. Del Vecchio was Vice President of the Fulbright Association of Greater New York and continues to serve on its Board. Dr. Del Vecchio also graduated from the College of Mt. St. Vincent, Riverdale, NY, with a BA cum laude in Spanish and from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY with a MS in Education and Latin American Studies.
“It’s both an honor and a privilege to be appointed to serve on the Board. I appreciate and thank Mayor Spano for his confidence in my ability to serve in a way that may be helpful,” said Dr. Rosalba Corrado Del Vecchio. “Our schools, in their diversity, are a rich source of talent and my belief in that talent has always been unwavering in all the years I have lived in Yonkers. I look forward to working together, with Board President Lopez and other fellow Trustees, with Superintendent Dr. Quezada and with all involved in the education of our children, in a way that advocates for them and for their schools.”
Board of Education President Rev. Steve Lopez enthusiastically welcomed Dr. Del Vecchio on behalf of the Trustees noting, “Having known Rosalba for many years, she brings valuable knowledge as an experienced educator and, more important, her strong sense of and active commitment to our community.”
“Dr. Del Vecchio truly has a working understanding of our students and staff needs, and a breadth of pedagogical knowledge,” noted Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools. “Having worked with Dr. DelVecchio during her tenure with the school district as well as in her current capacity in higher education, I look forward to her insightful contributions as a Trustee.”
Dr. Del Vecchio will fulfill the remainder of Cavanaugh’s five-year term through May 1, 2020.