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Spagnola Named Interim Assistant Director of Humanities and O’Neill Named Interim FRES Assistant Principal

Deanna Spagnola and Caitlin O'Neill

Brighton Central School District Superintendent Dr. Kevin McGowan has announced the selection of Deanna Spagnola as the interim Assistant Director of Humanities and Caitlin O’Neill as the interim French Road Elementary School Assistant Principal for this school year.  

Spagnola has served as the French Road Elementary School Assistant Principal since the 2013-14 school year.

“Deanna is a thoughtful leader dedicated to acting on behalf of the students,” Dr. McGowan said. “This dedication has been evidenced in her supervisory work of the special education and intervention staff at French Road, along with a myriad of classroom teachers. Whether she is dealing with parents, teachers, or students, her level­-headedness and acute understanding of the nature of teaching, learning, and child development has resulted in decisions and actions that are well thought out and executed on behalf of the students. We appreciate Deanna’s excellent work at FRES and willingness to share her talents in this new role.”

The Assistant Director for Humanities oversees Brighton’s K-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and social studies programs, as well as the 6-12 world language program. The position also supports the reading Academic Intervention and Support Services (AIS) and Response to Intervention (RtI) practices across grades K-8 and coordinates the elementary summer school program.

Before coming to Brighton, Spagnola served as the Coordinator of Special Education for the Greece Central School District after many years teaching at the elementary level. She received a B.S. in elementary and special education as well as American studies from Boston College. Spagnola earned her M.S. in reading from Nazareth College and her administrative certification from Canisius College.

O’Neill started teaching special education at Twelve Corners Middle School in 2017.

“Caitlin has a wide variety of experiences in the special education area and in working with students who present a variety of behavioral and academic needs,” Dr. McGowan said. “Her demonstrated excellence in these areas and preparation as an administrative intern right here in Brighton are among the many qualifications that make Caitlin such a good fit for the position at FRES.”

Before coming to Brighton, O’Neill taught middle school special education in Brockport and East Irondequoit schools. She received a B.A. in elementary education and sociology and M.S. in special education from LeMoyne College. O’Neill earned her administrative certification through the College at Brockport.

These are interim appointments for the 2019-20 school year as the District reviews the budgetary impact and its administrative structure.