Presenter Bios

Dr. Raymond Sanchez

Dr. Sanchez serves as the Superintendent for the Ossining Union Free School District. As an administrator in the Ossining School District, he demonstrates a commitment to serve all the students of the District on a daily basis along with the Board of Education, faculty, staff, and Ossining community at large. Dr. Sanchez focuses upon “raising the bar” and enhancing success for all students.

Dr. Sanchez served as the President of the Lower Hudson Council of School Personnel Administrators, former President of the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Curriculum Council, and was a past liaison for New York State Association of Bilingual Educators. He is President of the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents.

Dr. Sanchez has presented at various State and National Conferences, and is a past recipient of the Raymond Delaney Award from the New York State Association of School Superintendents, the Ambassador Award from the Ossining Democratic Society, the 2016 Excellence in Educational Leadership Award from the University Council for Education Administration, the 2016 Government Service Award from the Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc., the 2017 Champions for Children award from the Child Care Council of Westchester, and the 2017 Partnership Award from Pace University.

Dr. Tony Sinanis

Dr. Tony Sinanis has served in various positions in education over the last 25 years including elementary classroom teacher, elementary principal and district administrator. He currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of HR & Leadership in Chappaqua, NY. In 2014, Tony received the New York State Elementary Principal of the Year Award. Tony has also presented at both national and local conferences and is a published author, who has co-written several books, including the Amazon bestseller, Hacking Leadership. Tony’s great source of pride is being Paul’s dad!

Dr. Corey Reynolds

Dr. Corey W. Reynolds is a first generation American and the first in his family to go to college. Dr. Reynolds lives by two

mottos: “lead by example” and “education is not preparation for life, it is life itself.” He has dedicated his life to the betterment of scholarship and the development of the social and emotional well-being of the leaders of tomorrow through public education. He received his

bachelor’s degree in English from Seton Hall University and his master’s degree in Elementary Education from Fordham University. He proudly served as a classroom teacher in both the Mount Vernon City and Greenburgh Central School Districts, working as an early elementary educatorin both. He received his second master’s degree from the College of New Rochelle, specializing in School Administration and Supervision.

Dr. Reynolds served for a decade as an Assistant Principal and Principal in the Ossining Union Free School District. He returned to Seton Hall University in order to pursue a doctoral degree in Education Leadership, Management, and Policy and successfully earned the degree of Doctor of Education. Dr. Reynolds served as the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources in the White Plains City School District, as the Assistant Superintendent for Supervision, Curriculum, and Instruction for Elementary Administration in the Yonkers Public Schools, and as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Personnel in the Greenburgh Central School District prior to joining the City School District of New Rochelle as the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources.

Jeff Sobel

Jeff Sobel is the Acting Interim Superintendent of Schools, for the Clarkstown Central School District. Mr. Sobel has nearly four decades of experience in public education, including 20 years serving CCSD students and families. After earning his Bachelor’s degree at SUNY Cortland and his Master’s degree at the College of New Rochelle, Jeff obtained his Professional Diploma in Educational Administration at Iona College. Mr. Sobel first came to Clarkstown as a special education teacher at Felix Festa Middle School in 1996, from there becoming an Assistant Principal at Festa in 2000 and the District Director of Personnel in 2007, before his appointment as Assistant Superintendent of Personnel in 2009.

Philip Marcus

Phillip Marcus is the Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Wellness for the Chappaqua Central School District. In his current role, he leads the implementation of the school district’s strategic plan for anti-racism, social justice, and wellness. He has facilitated staff development sessions focused on issues of equity and belonging with the district leadership team, school building administrators, teachers, and students and families. Prior to his current role, he served as an Assistant Principal of Instruction at the Bronx School for Law, Government, and Justice. He led English, Social Studies, and Arts teachers in creating culturally responsive classrooms that have equitable outcomes for all students.

Phillip’s career in public education spans over a decade. Phillip has served as a literacy coach in a secondary school where he led curriculum design and professional learning for middle school English teachers and collaborated with content area teachers in an effort to ensure that all teachers used culturally responsive teaching techniques that boosted classroom engagement to allow students to develop lifelong literacy skills essential for college and career readiness.

Phillip holds an undergraduate degree in Government from Wesleyan University, a Masters of Science in Special Education from CUNY Hunter College and a Masters of Science in Adolescent Literacy from CUNY Hunter College. Phillip is a certified School Building Leader, serves as an Adjunct Lecturer in the Adolescent Literacy and English department at CUNY Hunter College, and serves as a consultant for Walkabout Bronx, a new school founded on a vision of anti-racism and social justice.

Dr. Margie Daniels

Dr. Margie M. Daniels is an administrator in the Peekskill City School District with over 20 years experience in the field of education. As the administrator of Equity and Diversity, she has been afforded the opportunity to grow with the Peekskill City School District in keeping its promise in giving our best for ALL STUDENTS and the PEEKSKILL COMMUNITY.

A lifelong learner, Margie is a graduate of St. John’s University, where she earned her doctorate in 2015. However, she proudly states that she attended and graduated from Westchester Community College, and while there she learned how to be a student and to enjoy what education can open to you.

As a member of a number of civic organizations and social action networks, I find it imperative that I be involved in community action. Only through action and dedication to social justice causes, will we be able to right the wrongs around us.

As the great, Muhammad Ali stated, Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth,” is what I believe. My greatest joy comes from service, and I believe that that is a gift God has given me.

A lover of travel and enjoying life to the fullest, is my delight! Seeing and experiencing God’s beauty in the world domestically and abroad is fulfilling and something that I encourage young people to do. That’s a passion that I love and continue to bask in.

Dr. Joseph Lloyd

Dr. Joseph Lloyd proudly serves as the Director of Staff Relations in the South Orangetown Central School District. He has worked in the field of education for twenty years. He previously served as the Principal of Sloatsburg Elementary School in the Suffern Central School District, while also working as an assistant principal and classroom teacher in the North Rockland Central School District. While attaining his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Albany, he studied the impact of the New York State Annual Professional Performance Review process upon teacher morale. Since joining SOCSD in 2019, he has worked to develop his district’s talent pipeline to be more diverse and inclusive by building new partnerships, expanding recruitment opportunities, and remodeling the hiring process. He is a happily married father of two children, enjoys cooking, hiking and remains a devout Buffalo Bills fanatic.

Mrs. Ferzeen Shamsi

Ferzeen has been active in the field of education for almost thirty years. Ferzeen was born in Lusaka, Zambia and entered the United States in the second grade. She shares, “The experience of struggling to enter a new country and new school is what helped me know early in my life I wanted to be a teacher.”

Most of Ferzeen’s career has been working for the Ossining Union Free School District in Westchester, NY. She has served as a classroom teacher, math coach, assistant principal and is currently the building principal at Claremont Elementary School. In her free time, Ferzeen loves spending time with her husband and daughter.

Dr. Brent Harrington

Brent Harrington has worked as the Director of Human Resources at Brewster Central School District since 2019 where he is responsible for the labor relations of approximately 800 classified and certificated staff. Prior to joining the district office in Brewster, Dr. Harrington was a tenured elementary and middle school principal at Haldane Central School District. A former middle school social studies teacher in Hastings Union Free School District. Dr. Harrington has worked to promote equity and cultural competency in Brewster's hiring practices, increasing the number of staff of color over the past two years.

Dr. Duane Christian

Dr. Christian was born and raised in New York and grew up between the South Bronx and Wyandanch, Long Island. While attending Cheyney University, he obtained a B.A. in Biology. Following this, he received two master's degrees (Secondary Education & Administration and Supervision) from Mercy College. His first year of teaching was in the Bronx. He then took his talents to the Mount Vernon School District, where he spent the next 20 years. While in Mount Vernon, Dr. Christian worked his way up from science teacher to Assistant Principal and finally an Acting Principal.

Dr. Christian decided to leave Mt. Vernon (after 20 years of service) to become an Elementary School Principal in the Clarkstown Central School District, where he is currently. This appeared to be perfect timing as he received his confirmation for his doctorate before being offered the position.

Dr. Christian is passionate about culturally responsive teaching, which he based his research on for curriculum and instruction. Always an educator, Dr. Christian loves to spend quality time with his family. When not with his family, he does community service with the graduate chapter with his fraternity and teaches martial arts at the Harlem Children Zone. Dr. Christian will always believe that "Your education is not yours. Your education should help others better their lives."

Stephen Hancock

Stephen was born in Queens, NY, and was raised in the Bronx. He comes from a bilingual household and is a proud son, grandson, nephew, older brother, and husband. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science in Adolescent Education with a focus in History from St. Thomas Aquinas College. Additionally, he holds a Master of Science in Literacy, Birth-Grade 12 from the College of New Rochelle. Lastly, Stephen earned a Masters of Science in Education for School and District Leadership from Bank Street College of Education (Future School Leaders Academy). He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Educational Leadership through Manhattanville College.

Stephen has been a proud educator in the Ossining Union Free School District for the last 14 years. He began his career as a middle school Social Studies and Reading teacher. While pursuing his second master’s in Educational Administration and Supervision, he was afforded the opportunity to serve as the Dean of Students. For the last eight years, Stephen has served as an administrator in Ossining including being an Assistant Principal at Anne M. Dorner middle school, Principal of Roosevelt elementary school, and is currently the Principal of Ossining High School.

Stephen is currently serving as a board member of the Bryant Youth Alliance and in May of 2016, he was recognized by the Charles Brieant Center, in Ossining, for his role in helping to shape one of the leadership programs offered at the middle school. He is also a member of the New York State Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents. Stephen was inducted into the St. Thomas Aquinas Hall of Fame in 2017 for his work in the field of education and his dedication to his alma mater. He lives by the quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Jennifer Spagnola

I am privileged to serve as the Assistant Principal at Harrison Avenue School for the last 5 years. I have the opportunity to work with a talented group of teachers that I learn from each and every day. I also help to support them in their own professional learning through facilitating study groups and providing professional development to new teachers throughout the course of the year. Prior to working in Harrison, I was the Assistant Director for Math, Science and Technology in the Kingston City School District. In Kingston, I worked closely with teachers in meeting the needs of diverse learners as well as collaborating with administrators in developing plans for school improvement. My teaching experience includes 16 years as a first and fifth grade teacher in the Arlington Central School District.

David Mumper

Resource Specialist, Hudson Valley Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (HV RBERN)

David Mumper has worked in secondary and higher education since 2001. He completed his Master’s degrees at Harvard University, City College of New York and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, earning degrees in philosophy, TESOL, and educational administration.

Mr. Mumper worked for the NYC Department of Education for nearly a decade, serving as an administrator, ELA and ESL teacher at the high school level. Currently, he focuses on supporting Hudson Valley school districts to create programmatic and instructional systems to best serve ENL students.

Rachael Wasilewski-Alcantara

Assistant Director, Hudson Valley Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (HV RBERN)

With experience as an ENL Program Coordinator in Brooklyn, NY and as a Hudson Valley RBERN Resource Specialist, Rachael Wasilewski-Alcantara has a proven track record of dedication to the needs of ELLs. As Assistant Director of the HV RBERN, Rachael supports 142 Hudson Valley districts with ELL/Bilingual-focused professional development, technical support, and program design. Some of Rachael’s areas of expertise include Data-Driven ENL Instruction and Assessment, ENL Instructional Strategies, Statewide Learning Standards and ELLs, ELL Accountability, and ELL Program Reviews. Rachael holds a M.A. in TESOL and a M.S. in Educational Leadership from CUNY Hunter College.

Traci Jackson

Traci Jackson is currently the Executive Director for Human Resources for the City School District of New Rochelle. However, she did not begin her professional career in education. Prior to entering the field of education, Mrs. Jackson was a successful District Sales Manager for two of the top pharmaceutical companies in the world.

The thrill of educating others and the influence of those around her led her to step out on faith, return to school and enter the field of education. And, after 17 years as an educator in the White Plains City School District, she joined the City School District of New Rochelle, as the Executive Director of Human Resources. While Jackson loved being in the classroom, she realized that in order to influence real change in school districts she needed to leave the classroom and seek a district level administrative position. Her father had always told her “Traci, if you are not at the table, you will always be on the menu.” She decided to seek a seat at the table by joining the City School District of New Rochelle as the Executive Director for Human Resources. She is excited to be a member of an executive administrative team who have become change agents on the path towards leaving a legacy of inclusivity, betterment, and opportunities for all members of the school community.

Mrs. Jackson earned her Bachelors in Business Administration from Howard University in Washington, D.C. In addition, she earned her Master of Professional Studies in Elementary Education and Special Education from Manhattanville College and graduated from their School Building and School District Educational Leadership Advanced Studies Program. Traci has lived in Greenburgh, New York with her husband and children for over 28 years. Her son and daughter are both recent college graduates who have now begun their own professional careers, so her and her husband are learning to enjoy being empty nesters along with their dog, Mojo.