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New Administrators Named in South Country

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When South Country Central School District students arrive for their first day of school on Sept. 1, they will be greeted by several administrators in new positions, as well as a new face at Brookhaven Elementary School.

“We are pleased to announce these administrative changes,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani. “We’re certain that they will result in a multitude of positive educational gains in our schools.”

Three familiar faces will be found in new roles at Bellport High School this September.

Erika Della Rosa took the helm as high school principal on July 1 after serving as the school’s assistant principal and summer school principal since 2014, and as a foreign language teacher in the district prior to that. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Italian language from the University of Rhode Island and a Master of Arts in Italian studies and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in educational leadership from Stony Brook University.

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead Bellport High School,” Della Rosa said of her appointment. “I love this community and our students, families and staff. I wouldn’t have wanted to be a principal anywhere else.”

She said she is looking most forward to having students back in the building and returning to a greater sense of normalcy.

Joining Della Rosa at the high school are Assistant Principals Aimee Iuliucci and John Frankie.

Iuliucci has served as a living environment and marine science teacher at the high school since 2017. She joined Bellport from Forest Hills High School, where she taught living environment, ecology, and STEM anatomy, human diseases and nutrition. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Dowling College and a Master of Science in special education from St. Joseph’s College.

“I am so proud and excited to serve Bellport High School as a member of the administrative team,” Iuliucci said. “I look forward to working collaboratively with families, administrators and our dedicated teachers to empower students to reach their academic and social-emotional goals. Together, we can ensure that the students at Bellport High School become skilled 21st-century learners, ready to take on any challenge.”

Frankie rejoined the high school on July 1 after serving as an assistant principal of Bellport Middle School for the past 11 years. He first joined the district in 1995 as a leave replacement physical education teacher at the high school and later held the roles of physical education teacher, dean of students and athletic director. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Lamar University, a master’s in education from Dowling College and educational leadership certification from Queens College.

“I look forward to being a part of the team and hope that the upcoming school year is as close to normal as possible,” Frankie said.

Bellport Middle School is also welcoming new assistant principals, as Rosa Kalomiris and Reinaldo Latorre join the administrative team there.

A veteran of the district, Kalomiris previously held the title of Brookhaven Elementary School’s assistant principal, a position she earned after serving as a K-12 English as a New Language teacher and as the district’s family engagement coordinator. She has a bachelor’s degree in linguistics/TESOL, a master’s in liberal studies and educational leadership certification from Stony Brook University.

“As I continue on my journey at South Country School District, I am excited to work with the talented and dedicated staff at Bellport Middle School,” said Kalomiris. “Most importantly, I am eager to work with the middle school students and their families to help make their time at the middle school a success.”

Before moving to the middle school on July 1, Latorre worked for four years as an assistant principal at Bellport High School. Prior to South Country, he was employed in the Amityville School District as an interim acting assistant principal and English language arts chairperson. He was also an ELA teacher at the Bronx Dance Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Science in literacy education from Queens College.

“I believe the learning process never ends,” Latorre said. “To gain knowledge, one must keep an open mind.”

A new face in South Country, Anthony Cavalluzzo officially began his position as Brookhaven Elementary School’s assistant principal on Aug. 2. He previously served as a fourth grade teacher at Forest Lake Elementary School in the Wantagh School District. He was also the K-5 dean of students in the Riverhead School District and a teacher at Riverhead Charter School. He holds a Bachelor of Science in childhood education from the College of Saint Rose and a Master of Arts in literacy and cognition from St. Joseph’s College.

“I look forward to becoming a part of the Brookhaven community by building positive relationships with our students, parents and staff,” said an enthusiastic Cavalluzzo. “I hope to serve as an extension of the amazing culture already established here at Brookhaven.”
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