Jessica Risalvato can’t wait to start working with fifth and sixth graders in the Huntington School District’s SEARCH and Math Olympiad programs.
The Huntington School Board has appointed Ms. Risalvato to lead the two programs for academically talented youngsters. She will work closely with District Director of STEM Jill N. Johanson to provide a cutting edge experience for elementary school students who meet the qualifying criteria.
District officials pre-screened a dozen applicants for the position and extensively interviewed seven of them before Superintendent James W. Polansky recommended Ms. Risalvato for appointment by the Huntington School Board.
Ms. Risalvato obtained undergraduate (sociology) and graduate (childhood special education) degrees at Fordham University in 2007 and 2008, respectively. She earned an advanced graduate certificate in gifted education at SUNY Buffalo in 2015.
“We are pleased to welcome Jessica to the Huntington faculty,” Mr. Polansky said. “She comes to us with terrific ideas and a great deal of excitement to assume program responsibilities, meet her students and facilitate high-quality learning experiences for each of them.”
Prior to her appointment in Huntington, Ms. Risalvato had been working as an elementary grade level gifted program teacher in New York City since September 2013. She earlier spent a year working as an elementary teacher at Our World Neighborhood Charter School and five years as an elementary grade teacher at Bronx Charter School for Excellence.
The opening that trustees appointed Ms. Risalvato to fill was created when Maryann Daly, who led the SEARCH and Math Olympiad programs for many years retired at the end of the school year following three decades on the faculty.