April 17, 2017
At the April 6, 2017 Monticello Board of Education meeting, the board appointed George L. Cooke Elementary School’s Instructional Coach, Melanie Hector, as the school’s assistant principal, effective Sept. 1. Cooke’s current assistant principal, Rosemarie Romano, was appointed as principal effective Sept. 1, following current principal Sandra Johnson-Fields’ retirement.
Melanie has worked at Cooke Elementary for 11 years, with
her first seven years as a second-grade and fifth-grade
teacher. Four years ago, she became the school’s
instructional coach, where she has been integral in
improving student growth. In her current role, she coaches
her fellow teachers in instructional strategies and model
lessons, and provides professional development opportunities
to improve both teaching skills in teachers and academic
performance in students.
“I’m excited to have a broader role in the district to work with families, teachers and students to foster academic success,” Ms. Hector said about her appointment. “As a district, we have our bold goals of 65 percent proficiency in math and ELA and we are working every day to ensure a brighter future for our children.”
It has been a banner month for Ms. Hector. Aside from her appointment as assistant principal, she has also been selected by the Mid-Hudson School Study Council as a recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award – a distinction that recognizes outstanding educators. She will be presented with this award during the organization’s annual business meeting on April 27.
“Melanie is amazing and works daily to help teachers to perfect their strategies,” Superintendent of Schools Tammy Mangus said. “She is an incredible asset to our team. In her new administrative position, I know that she will continue to do great things.”