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Jim Nuñez Named TCMS Principal and Deanna Spagnola Named Interim Director of Student Services

Jim Nunez and Deanna Spagnola

Brighton Central School District Superintendent Dr. Kevin McGowan has announced the selection of Jim Nuñez as the Twelve Corners Middle School Principal and Deanna Spagnola as the interim Director of Student Services for the upcoming school year.  
Nuñez is currently an assistant principal at Burger Junior High School in the Rush-Henrietta Central School District. He has held that position since 2015. Nuñez also served as the Summer School Principal at Burger Middle School in 2016. Before joining Rush-Henrietta, he taught sixth grade at Johanna Perrin Middle School and Martha Brown Middle School as well as fifth grade at Brooks Hill Elementary School in the Fairport Central School District for 16 years. Nuñez received a B.S. in elementary education and special education from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and an M.S. in elementary education and an administrative certification from the State University of New York at Brockport. He and his wife, Jen, have two daughters. 
“I am humbled and honored to be the new principal at Twelve Corners Middle School,” Nuñez said. “I am eager to work alongside our students, families, staff, and community members towards building on the successes established by Mr. Thomas. I look forward to building relationships with all stakeholders to ensure that our students and families are provided the best experience possible while at TCMS. I view education as a life-long process and expect that I will continue to learn about the unique qualities of TCMS this year and in the years to come. I bring a belief that our students are at the heart of all school related decisions. I have a profound respect and appreciation for these transitional years and the unique opportunities we have to work with our students as they develop their confidence and sense of self. It is during these pivotal years that they begin to establish pathways to be pursued during their high school years.” 
Spagnola is currently the District’s interim Assistant Director of Humanities. She previously served as the French Road Elementary School Assistant Principal for six years. 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, an M.S. in reading from Nazareth College, and an administrative certification from Canisius College. She and her husband, Mark, have three daughters. 
“I am extremely honored and humbled to serve the Brighton Central School District as the Director of Student Services,” Spagnola said. “It is a privilege to support our students and families in our exceptional community. I am eager to continue to cultivate and establish relationships with parents, staff, students, and community members. I remain committed to a culture of collaboration that has been created by Mrs. Rabidoux to promote student success. This includes engaging in dialogue, listening, and hearing divergent viewpoints to meet the needs of all learners. I am thrilled to begin this opportunity, giving my best for each child, every day, every way!” 
“We are exceptionally fortunate to have these two outstanding leaders ready and eager to take on these roles,” Dr. McGowan said. “Mrs. Spagnola’s service in the District has been exemplary. Her background and experiences have prepared her well to take on the Student Services role as it is redefined over the coming year following the reduction of an administrative position in this year’s budget. We’re excited for the children, families, and staff in the District who will be able to work with a deeply committed, kind, and thoughtful leader who never gives up on finding the appropriate supports, challenges, and opportunities for every child. Mr. Nuñez comes to Brighton having demonstrated excellence as a teacher, coach, and school administrator. A rigorous selection process revealed to us a leader who is uncommonly committed to addressing the needs of every child, collaboratively solving problems with families and staff, and leading with integrity, compassion, intellect, and heart. We couldn’t be more excited for our students, their families, the staff, and our school community at large.” 
Current TCMS Principal Rob Thomas and current Director of Student Services Carolyn Rabidoux are retiring at the end of the 2019-20 school year.