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Southampton School District names new assistant superintendent for student services

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The Southampton Union Free School District has named Patricia McCauley Desiderio of Hampton Bays as its new assistant superintendent for student services.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Desiderio to the Southampton family,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Dyno. “Her professional experience is quite impressive, and we are certain she is a perfect fit for this position.”

Since 2006, Desiderio has served as the director of pupil personnel services in the Mattituck-Cutchogue Union Free School District. She began her career as a secondary education teacher at Lowell High School in Bayside, where she taught ninth and 10th grade Regents preparation in English, earth science and integrated algebra. After five years, she was hired as the assistant director of family support services at AHRC Nassau in Brookville. During her six-year tenure there, she directed all family support services and ran a residential summer camp. In 1996, she took a position as an educational supervisor at the Herbert G. Birch School in Washington Heights, where she successfully implemented a Head Start after-school program and conducted workshops for staff and family. Five years later, she was appointed principal of the Bronx Children Center School, and two years later, a New York State Improvement Grant Team Leader with the New York State Education Department. Before joining Mattituck-Cutchogue, she served as the principal of the Child Development Center of the Hamptons Charter School in East Hampton, where she developed a buildingwide co-teaching model.

Desiderio holds a Bachelor of Science in general education and special education from Buffalo State College; a Master of Science in special education from Queens College; and certifications in district administration, building administration, permanent teaching and special education permanent teaching.

“I'm excited to share my wealth of experience and lifelong-learner perspective as the new assistant superintendent for student services at Southampton Schools,” Desiderio said. “I look forward to collaborating with the staff, students and families and trust that our work together will inspire multiethnic, multicultural, global thinkers. Together, we will focus on every student as a successful learner who is fully respected, and illuminated to respect others, and continue to prepare them with the academic excellence that the Southampton Schools already provides.”