Dr.  Jen Lamia, Moderator


Byram Hills SD

Dr. Cheryl Champ, Moderator


Pelham UFSD

Panelists and Presenter Bios

A Panel Discussion with Area Leaders

Moderated by Dr. Jen Lamia & Dr. Cheryl Champ 


Dr. Margie Daniels  Panelist

Administrator for Diversity and Equity

Peekskill City School District

Peekskill, NY

Dr. Duane Christian   Panelist


Clarkstown Central School District

New City, NY

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. 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 of his fraternity (Eta Zeta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha 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."

Dr. Darrell Stinchcomb Panelist

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Equity

Dobbs Ferry School District

Dobbs Ferry, NY

Dr.  Julio Vasquez  Panelist

Director of Instruction and Human Resources

North Salem Central School District

North Salem, NY

Dr. Darrell Stinchcomb

Dr. Darrell Stinchcomb is the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Equity, for the Dobbs Ferry UFSD.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Stinchcomb taught elementary school and Early Intervention Reading in Atlanta, GA before moving to New York to attend New York University where he received his Master’s degree in Education Administration and Leadership.  He went on to serve as an Assistant Principal at Intermediate School 52 in Washington Heights, NY 

Dr. Stinchcomb served as the Assistant Principal at George Washington School and the Principal of Church Street School in the White Plains City School District. He also served as the Principal of the Greenvale School in the Eastchester School District before taking on his current role as the Assistant Superintendent in Dobbs Ferry.  

Dr. Stinchcomb received his doctoral degree in Education Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University in New Jersey.  He has dedicated his life’s work to providing a quality education for all students. 

Dr.  Julio Vasquez 

Dr. Vazquez is the Director of Instruction and Human Resources.  He has worked in the North Salem Central School District since 2015.  He has been an educator and administrator in New York State for twenty-two years.  He obtained his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Southern California and his Master's degree in General, Special and Bilingual Education from Bank Street College of Eduation in New York City.  He graduated from SUNY New Paltz with an advanced degree in school and district administration and has earned his doctoral degree in Instructional Leadership at Western Connecticut State University. 

Dr. Vasquez believes in collaborating with and supporting all students, teachers, administrators, support staff and families. His passion is providing an exceptional learning experience for all students that will empower them to become proficient problem solvers.

Dr. Jen Lamia

Dr. Jen Lamia joined the Byram Hills School District as Superintendent in July 2017 and has over 33 years of experience in Byram Hills as a teacher, English Chairperson, Assistant Principal, and Assistant Superintendent. 

In addition to her work as Superintendent,  Dr. Lamia serves on the State-Wide Schools Cooperative Health Plan Executive Board, is the current President of the Council of School Administrators for Lower Westchester, serves on the Westchester Putnam School Board Association, co-chairs the Scholarship Committee as part of the Lower Hudson Council of Schoool Superintendents, is a member of the President's Council at Northern Westchester Hospital and a member of the Tri-States Consortium Steering Committee.

Dr. Lamia is most proud of the Byram Hills School District and its goal to create the leaders of the next generation through intense programs such as Authentic Science Research, Global Scholars, and StartUp Entrepreneurship Program.  Her greatest pride is knowing her students and understanding how education must adapt to meet their needs.  Dr. Lamia credits her knowledge of schools to a dedicated faculty, staff, Board of Education, and fellow superintendents who collaborate for the benefit of all students.  

Dr. Lamia has received the distinctive leadership award given by Edward Pajak Award for Schholol Leaders who have demonstrated visionary leadership through progressive educational theory to practice in servicing communities, families and youth.  Dr. Lamia began her career at Mt. Holyoke College and then pursued an MS degree in Educational Technology from Long Island University, an MA in English Literature from Lehman College, an MS in Educational Leadership from Fordham, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Cheryl Champ

Dr. Cheryl H. Champ joined the Pelham Public Schools as Superintendent in August 2017, bringing with her more than 20 years of education experience as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent.

Before coming to Pelham, Dr. Champ was the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Sewanhaka Central High School District in Floral Park, NY, which serves 8,300 students in grades 7-12 and has a staff of 1,200. After assuming her position at Sewanhaka in 2012, Dr. Champ worked to provide students with disabilities and English language learners greater access to the general education curriculum, revised the district curriculum to align with Common Core Learning Standards and designed and implemented a strong professional development plan. She also oversaw the district’s Technology, Professional Development, Accountability, Response to Intervention/Academic Intervention Services, Common Core Steering and Shared Decision-making committees, among other roles and responsibilities.

She previously held positions as Principal of Lakeland High School and as assistant Principal for Lakeland Copper Beach Middle School, both in Shrub Oak, NY in Westchester County.

Dr. Champ’s career in education began as a music teacher in South Carolina, North Carolina and upstate New York before she transitioned into an administrative career. Dr. Champ received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Manhattanville College and her Master’s in Education Administration from the College of St. Rose.

Additional Presenter Bios

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 educator in 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.

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.

Beverly Guity

Beverly has over 12 years of experience as an ENL educator serving in roles ranging from ENL teachers/coordinator, adult instructor, and now a Resource Specialist for the HV-RBERN. She has done extensive work with educators and families of English language learners in providing and supporting them with the resources needed in language and literacy development.

Beverly’s greatest passion is working with and for immigrant families and diverse populations. She strives to continue to aid families and educators with the resources and knowledge needed in developing language and literacy skills to ensure access to a quality and equitable education.

Beverly holds a Master degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and a Master degree in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Gail Duffy

Dr. Gail Duffy is the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction & Human Resources in the Irvington UFSD.  Prior to her current position, she served as the Assistant Superintendent for Administration & Instruction and Director of Curriculum & Instruction in the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns as well as the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction in the Cornwall CSD.  Gail has also been an elementary principal, assistant principal and assistant coordinator of special education & related services and an elementary/special education teacher.  She earned her Bachelors of Science Degree from the State University of Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh, NY , her Masters of Science in Education and Masters in Educational Administration from Pace University in White Plains, New York and her Ed.D in Educational Leadership from Manhattanville, NY.   In her 27 years in education, Gail continues to focus on how to support both students and adults with their SEL needs by offering workshops on Self-Care, SEL and Mindful movement where they can access tools and strategies to become the very best version of themselves.  Gail also serves as an adjunct professor at Hunter College in the Educational Leadership Program.  She is the proud mom of two teenagers who keep her grounded and remind her to stay present each day. 

Jon Hirsch

Jon is an experienced principal with deep experience in Westchester County that has prepared him well to guide IHS to continued success while helping the school community and its students to achieve its fullest potential,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kristopher Harrison said.

As an administrator, instructional leader and innovator, Jon has a proven history of program development, community partnership and a commitment to empowering students and teachers to promote engagement and the development of 21st-century skills. His philosophy is that schools must focus on two primary areas: rigor and joy. 

Jon also served as principal at Valhalla High School, where he led a high-performing and diverse high school. During his tenure, he expanded programs to support students’ social-emotional needs, increase engagement, ensure access and opportunity for all students, and created a leadership structure for teachers. Prior to that, he served as assistant principal at Ardsley High School, director and co-creator of the Learning Interdependently From Experience School at Horace Greeley High School, as well as a special education teacher at Horace Greeley High School. Hirsch began his educational career as a special education teacher and program designer with the New York City Public Schools.

Jon holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in history and African studies from Drew University, a master’s degree in special education from Long Island University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Lehman College. 

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-one 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.