Community members of Pound Ridge Elementary School met virtually with their newly-appointed interim principal, Teresa Letizia, last week. Ms. Letizia officially assumed her new role Monday, Feb. 8.
As previously reported, a vacancy was left at the helm of PRES after former principal Amy Fishkin was appointed as the new assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. In a statement sent to The Record-Review, Sarah Fass Hiatt, public relations chair for the school’s Parent-Teacher Association, said, “We look forward to working with our new interim principal, Teresa Letizia. The students are in good hands with Teresa, Erika Volpe (our Elementary Consulting Teacher), and the entire PRES faculty and staff.”
In an email to the PRES community, Superintendent Joel Adelberg said that throughout the screening process, Ms. Letizia “presented as a smart, dedicated and fully invested elementary school educator. She brings extensive experience in elementary teaching and learning, social and emotional learning, and character development. She literally lights up when talking about the coming together of the entire community, staff and parents, to support students.”
Ms. Letizia received her bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in elementary education and learning from Fordham University. She also holds a professional degree in school building and school district leadership from Stony Brook University. According to her LinkedIn profile, she served as a teacher in the New York City school district from 1996 through 2002. She went on to work in the school district of New Rochelle for the next 14 years, before becoming an assistant principal for Byram Hills School District in 2017. In August 2019, Ms. Letizia became the principal of St. Ann, The Personal School in Manhattan. She led that institution until it was announced St. Ann would be closing and merge with St. Paul’s.
“I am confident that we have found a wonderful addition to our PRES leadership team in Ms. Letizia,” Mr. Adelberg continued. “She is excited about meeting you all and becoming your advocate and partner.”
The superintendent also confirmed that the district has begun its formal search for the next permanent principal of PRES.
In its statement, the PRES PTA also praised Ms. Fishkin for her past contributions. “Amy accomplished so much during her time as PRES principal and we are thankful that she will continue to be a part of Bedford Central School District in her role as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction,” it said.