The Hewlett-Woodmere School District has selected a staff member to fill a newly created director position and selected a replacement for the outgoing science chairperson.
Kevin Bayer, the district’s director of music, will assume the role of district director of art and music on July 1. Dr. Brian Terry, who is the science supervisor in Pelham Schools, will take over as P-12 chairperson of science on August 14. Both appointments were approved by the Board of Education of Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools on February 27, 2013.
“We are pleased to appoint two highly experienced and visionary education leaders to these integral positions within the district,” said Dr. Laura Seinfeld, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. “Mr. Bayen’s proven dedication to the district’s music department makes him an exceptional choice to oversee our established and flourishing art department. Dr. Terry’s years of experience in science education will allow him to provide the support needed to continue to expand our science program from our youngest learners though our successful high school science researchers.”
Bayen will take up the duties of Jessica Bayer, who has served as district chairperson of art and technology since 2002 and will soon retire.
“I look forward to maintaining the tradition of excellence in the visual arts established and nurtured by Ms. Bayer,” Bayen said. “Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools is dedicated to providing all students with vibrant art and music programs. Each year, a significant number of our graduates pursue post-secondary education in both visual arts and music. I welcome the opportunity to continue our steadfast commitment to the Arts in Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools.”
The following are bios on each man from the district:
Kevin Bayen — Mr. Bayen joined the district in 1979 and served as band director for the elementary, middle school and high school levels before his appointment as district director of music. He is the past-president of the Nassau County Music Educators Association, has served on the New York State School Music Association Executive Council, taught at Nassau Community College, and has been invited as guest conductor and lecturer at many local universities.
He earned his master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in music education from Long Island University, C.W. Post, and his certificate of advanced study in educational administration from Brooklyn College.
Brian Terry — Dr. Brian Terry will join the district as the P-12 chairperson of science, a position previously held by Mr. Edward Tronolone. Dr. Terry currently serves as an adjunct professor in the School of Arts and Sciences at St. Thomas Aquinas College and as the science and health supervisor for Pelham School District. As science and health Supervisor, Dr. Terry supervises 19 science teachers, staff, and students in the middle and high schools and provides instructional leadership to guide science/health curriculum development and instructional strategies.
Prior to joining the Pelham School District, he was the science coordinator for grades 7-12 at the North Rockland Central School District. In addition, Dr. Terry has taught life science, physical science, Earth science, biology, and integrated sciences at A. MacArthur Barr Middle School, Nanuet High School, Pomona Junior High School, New Rochelle Alternative High School and Herbert H. Lehman High School.
Dr. Terry holds his doctorate in instructional leadership from St. John’s University; his certificate of advanced study in education administration from SUNY New Paltz; a master of arts in secondary mathematics education from City College of New York; and a bachelor of science in natural science/secondary education from Saint Thomas Aquinas College.