New Lebanon School Principal Barbara Riccio has announced her retirement effective, June 30, 2019. An educator for more than thirty-five years, Ms. Riccio spent the majority of her career in education with the Greenwich Public Schools, and has served as NLS Principal since 2011. Ms. Riccio noted, "My 25 years as a member of the Greenwich Public Schools' community have enriched my professional, personal and philosophical views as an educator and as a person. The strong relationships I have developed with colleagues, students and families will remain in my heart long after my service to Greenwich is complete. My proudest accomplishment has been working with this engaged community of parents, educators, and students to complete the new facility construction and move in to the new, New Lebanon School. This outstanding building will serve these fine families for generations to come! Thank you, all!"
Ms. Riccio has developed a strong professional culture in which learning opportunities are directly aligned to ensure that the children who attend New Lebanon School are able to learn and demonstrate the capacities of the Vision of the Graduate. Ms. Riccio led her school community through a rigorous self-evaluation of their theme of PYP International Baccalaureate. This process took over a year and engaged many members of the community. Ms. Riccio just received notice from the Director of IB World Schools, that they have been successfully reauthorized as a PYP IB magnet school.
Interim Superintendent of Schools Mr. Mayo said, "I have had the pleasure of working with Barbara Riccio for many years; the dedication that she has demonstrated to the children of our school district is nothing short of outstanding. I especially appreciate her work as the Principal of New Lebanon School. Barbara has worked hard to develop a culture of collaboration with students, staff and parents. The students of her school are challenged each day in a highly positive manner by her instructional staff. Barbara and her staff should also be commended for their support for and patience with the construction of a new New Lebanon School. The positive climate Barbara has established will be enhanced as she opens our newest elementary school in February. Barbara should be congratulated for her efforts and on behalf of the Greenwich Board of Education, we wish her a very long and happy retirement."
The search for a New Lebanon School Principal will begin immediately. The search process includes gathering input from parents and staff. The timeline aims for the search to be completed by the end of this school year, announcing a new principal to start the 2019-2020 school year.
Bio Brief: Barbara Riccio
Barbara Riccio began her career in education as a Speech Therapist for the Berkshire Hills Regional School System in Stockbridge, MA (1973-1974), and then for the New York City Public Schools, District 25 in Queens, NY (1974-1976). After a ten-year period as a small business owner, she returned to education in 1987 as a Director of the Children's Program for the Mother and Child Center in New Rochelle, NY. In 1990, she became Director of the Parenting Programs for the Mother and Child Center, supervising parent discussion groups, cultural classes, children's play programs, and workshop series.
In 1994, she began working for the Greenwich Public Schools as a teacher in the Community Preschool Program. From 1997 to 2000, Ms. Riccio served in a consultative position, planning, evaluating and designing programs for students with severe disabilities for inclusion in the general education setting. In 2002, after two years with the New Rochelle City School District as Assistant Chair on the Committee on Special Education, she returned to the Greenwich Public Schools as a Preschool Evaluator and Staff Development Coach. During the 2005-06 school year, Ms. Riccio served as acting Assistant Principal for North Street School. In 2008, she was appointed as Assistant Principal for Parkway School. From January to June 2010, Ms. Riccio served as Interim Principal for Hamilton Avenue School, before returning to Parkway School as Assistant Principal in 2010. The following year, she was appointed Principal of New Lebanon School.
Ms. Riccio received her B.S. in Speech/Language from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY in 1973, graduating Magna Cum Laude; an M.S. in Special Education from Queens College of the City University of New York in Flushing, NY in 1976, graduating Summa Cum Laude; and a second M.S. in Educational Leadership from the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, NY in 2006, graduating Summa Cum Laude.