Center for Special Services Welcomes New Administrators

Center for Special Services New Administrators

Center for Special Services Welcomes Talented Administrators to SWBOCES Community

Southern Westchester BOCES has welcomed four new educational leaders across Center for Special Services campuses this fall.

  • Marvin Elliott is the new Rye Lake Middle/High School principal. He replaced Scott Kaufman, who left at the end of the 2019-20 school year.
  • Amanda Allison moved from assistant principal of CSS’ Tappan Hill School program to principal of the St. Matthew’s School program this year.
  • Susana Boyko is interim principal of the Rye Lake Lower Campus. She began as an assistant principal over the summer and was named interim principal after Allison Emig resigned, effective Oct. 31.
  • Francesca Fernandez started in late September as assistant principal of Tappan Hill School.

“The Center for Special Services welcomes these new, talented administrators to our community,” said Andrea Byrne, director of the Center for Special Services. “It is certainly a challenging time to assume a new leadership role, but this dynamic and creative team are collaborating with the experienced administrators at CSS and working together to ensure that our students, families and faculty remain grounded in our values of remaining connected and supporting students on their path to achieving their instructional and developmental goals.”

Before his appointment as Rye Lake Middle/High School principal, Mr. Elliott was evening coordinator for the SWBOCES Center for Adult and Community Services. Prior to that, he was an assistant principal for four years in the New York City school system. He supervised the Lehman Educational Campus in the Bronx, which included six schools and 3,600 students. He is a certified special education teacher who has also taught social studies and English language arts, served as a dean of students and coached track.

Ms. Allison joined the Tappan Hill staff last year to fill the new position of assistant principal. Before SWBOCES, she worked in the Carmel School District as a school social worker, district behaviorist and as special education administrator and chair of the Committee on Preschool Special Education/Committee on Special Education. She holds a National Board Certification as a behavior analyst and specializes in applied behavior analysis and helping students with functional living and social skills.

Before joining the Center for Special Services, Ms. Boyko was the supervisor of speech services for five years in two New York City Department of Education districts. She supervised more than 70 speech and language therapists in 63 schools with a total enrollment of about 4,000 students. She has 17 years of experience as an educator, with a deep understanding of the cognitive and neurological development of students with disabilities. Ms. Boyko holds dual certification as a teacher of speech and hearing and as a bilingual speech-language pathologist. She also has her certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association.

Ms. Fernandez was supervisor of special education for the Port Chester-Rye School District before starting her job at Tappan Hill School assistant principal. Before that, she was a non-district specialist for the Lower Hudson Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center (now called the Regional Partnership Center) and an early intervention teacher for New York City-based All About Kids for two years. Prior to that, she was an achievement coach, unit coordinator, school-based coach and a self-contained special education teacher/peer coach for District 75 of the New York City school system. She also taught a seminar for teaching candidates at Pace University and was a teacher development coach and fellow adviser at the New Teacher Project in the Bronx.