HANNIBAL – The Hannibal Central School District is proud to welcome Jessica Piscitelli and Krystal Ward as administrative interns for the 2016-17 school year.
Piscitelli is new to the district and will complete her elementary assistant principal internship at Fairley Elementary School.
She came to the building with leadership experience from Mexico Academy & Central School District where she served as a social studies department team leader, as the high school blended learning leader and, this summer, as principal for the MACS Extended School Year Program.
She also has experience as a classroom teacher, having taught social studies at Mexico High School and in Baldwinsville as well.
The transition from teacher to administrator, she said, was natural.
“I knew what I wanted to do since eighth grade,” she said. “When I taught, my passion grew even more; that passion led me to administration.”
Piscitelli said she has enjoyed every day at Fairley thus far and is excited for all future opportunities.
She said she will continue to build relationships with district officials and students, learn more about observations and professional reviews, and take on additional administrative duties.
Piscitelli is expected to complete her Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership from SUNY Oswego next summer.
Like Piscitelli, Hannibal High School science teacher Ward is also on track to obtain her CAS from SUNY Oswego next summer.
At 1 p.m. each school day, after Ward is done teaching living environment and applied chemistry at Hannibal High School, she heads over to Dennis M. Kenney Middle School for her administrative internship/vice principal duties.
Also no stranger to leadership roles, Ward has been co-facilitator of both the Curriculum Council and Response to Intervention team at the high school.
Throughout her internship, she will look at how the district handles alternative education and additional services that could be provided.
Specifically for DMK, Ward will work alongside Principal Shawn Morgan in regards to discipline of students, bus duty, facilitator meetings and professional development days, among several other duties.
Her ultimate goal is to obtain a vice principal position.
“I don’t want to lose the connection with the students,” she said. “As a leader I am making sure I’m still getting in the hallways.”
Ward has taught in the HCSD since 2010 and has coached sports and advised clubs at the high school.
Outside of work, she said she enjoys outdoor activities with her husband, Matthew, and two young children.