Longtime Huntington teacher Donna Moro has been appointed to serve as principal of Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School. The veteran educator immediately began final preparations for the new school year, meeting with teachers, parents and students and handling an assortment of details that run the gamut of building operations.
Huntington School Board members voted unanimously to approve the appointment during a public meeting this past Monday night in Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School’s Adam Spector Auditorium. Ms. Moro has served as the district’s STEM coach and elementary science coordinator since September 2014.
“Donna has done a terrific job as STEM coach for the past several years in terms of curricular and instructional planning, professional development and outside-the-box thinking,” Huntington Superintendent James W. Polansky said. “She is well respected for her knowledge and collegial approach and will serve as an excellent addition to the Jack Abrams staff and to the district’s administrative team.”
Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School
is located on Lowndes Avenue.
A member of the J. Taylor Finley Middle School faculty for many years, Ms. Moro taught Earth Science from 2005 through June 2014. She also spent time during the 2013/14 school year working as an instructional coach in the science department, including facilitating staff development, making a presentation on Huntington’s teacher leadership coaching model at a state conference, presenting to the Board of Regents on the structure and sustainability of the district’s teacher leadership coaching model and representing New York State in a leadership summit in Washington, DC.
Ms. Moro obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Hartford and Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in education degrees at LIU C.W. Post. She obtained an advanced graduate certificate in school administration at Stony Brook University.
“I am honored and energized to be working with such an accomplished group of professional educators and staff,” Ms. Moro said. “Together we are dedicated to engaging children in innovative educational experiences and inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders. It is an exciting time to be in education. Technology is changing our world. At Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School we will focus on leveraging some of the new tools available to educators to expand educational opportunities. Our goal is to prepare our students to not only live in a high tech world, but to establish an environment where students realize they possess the creativity and ingenuity to build that future high tech world.
As the district’s STEM coach and elementary science coordinator for two years, Ms. Moro modeled inquiry based hands-on lessons for teachers in grades K-8, designed interdisciplinary curriculum to engage students in innovative activities geared toward inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders, coordinated all aspects of an after school STEM enrichment program, developed a summer STEM enrichment program in collaboration with Farmingdale State College, helped develop family STEM nights, technology night, Rube Goldberg invention convention, rollercoaster engineering exploration and race car adventure night.
Prior to embarking on a career as an educator, Ms. Moro was employed by Publishers Clearing House from 1986-2004. She worked as a program analyst, studying direct marketing initiatives; as director of customer service, managing a staff of 200 in three locations; as merchandising director of the UK division, overseeing a program budget in excess of $5 million.
Ms. Moro holds state certificates in Earth Science (grades 7-12) and educational administration/school building leader. She completed Harvard’s new and aspiring leadership program in March 2015.