The Board of Education appointed a new assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for Bedford Central School District this week, and community members will recognize her as a familiar face. She is Amy Beth Fishkin, who has served as the principal of Pound Ridge Elementary School since August 2017.
Ms. Fishkin will fill the position formerly held by Jean Miccio, who left the district at the end of October.
Ms. Fishkin has 23 years of experience in the field of education. Before joining BCSD, she worked as an educator in Chappaqua, where she served as principal of Roaring Brook Elementary School for five years. She also worked in Chappaqua as an assistant principal for five years and an elementary school teacher in grades two and four for nine years. Previously, Ms. Fishkin was a first-grade teacher at the Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, New Jersey.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us in Bedford. We’ll be continuing to teach, lead and inspire in a pandemic while thinking, planning and building forward as we write our next chapter. I cannot think of a more qualified professional and a consummate educator, to help lead in these efforts,” said Superintendent Joel Adelberg at the BCSD Board of Education meeting Wednesday, Nov 18.
Ms. Fishkin said that over the last three years, she’s “come to love and adore the Bedford Central School District.”
“I feel so lucky and fortunate to be able to step into this new role and continue to help shape and lead the future for Bedford Central School District. So, thank you. I look forward to getting to the hard work that lies ahead.”
Ms. Fishkin is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology. She received her master’s degree in elementary education from Bank Street College of Education and earned a dual certification at the Bank Street College of Education as a member of the Future School Leaders Academy, a partnership with Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES.
This week also saw steps taken to repair the relationship between the Special Education Parent Teacher Organization and the Board of Education.
In August, board member Jessica Cambareri commented on the greater need for cleaning services to sanitize school facilities because of the pandemic and inquired whether this could create potential opportunities for BOCES students. The Boards of Cooperative Educational Services serves special education students as well as provides general education programs for a very wide variety of vocations. Ms. Cambareri’s remarks were quickly denounced as discriminatory by SEPTO, current special education students and other community members.
Following a meeting with SEPTO leadership, Ms. Cambareri explained at the Nov. 18 Board of Education meeting that her inquiry stemmed from her own personal experience in a vocational program “very similar to how I see BCSD partners with BOCES.”
“I was not aware of the stigma attached to BOCES in this area, nor did I have that institutional knowledge that my question stirred up in so many hearts. I’m very sorry for the pain my question has caused, and especially to our students and families,” she said.