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Equity Walks – With presenters Dr. Timothy Piciullo, Catherine Carella-Dean, Lori Goldstein, Michelle Marrone, and Raymond Ruiz – Via Zoom February 15, 2023


School leaders across the country acknowledge that serving ALL students is a top priority. We have enlisted several highly regarded public school administrators with a variety of diverse backgrounds from across Long Island for another CAS CTLE Workshop entitled Equity Walks. Participants will hear about practical approaches used by these school leaders to implement equity walkthroughs in their Districts. Attendees will walk away with tips that can be used to implement a collaborative and reflective process while working with multiple stakeholder groups.


Dr. Timothy Piciullo is the Principal of South Ocean Middle School in the Patchogue-Medford School District and Past President of the Long Island Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. He earned his Educational Leadership and Technology doctorate from Dowling College and has been an adjunct professor at Dowling, Concordia University, and the College of St. Rose (CITE). In 2018, Timothy was chosen for a yearlong Columbia University Educational Policy Fellowship Program, where he worked with leaders from across the country to analyze public policy and attend the National Forum on Education Policy in Washington, D.C. Additionally, he has presented at numerous local and national conferences.


Catherine Carella-Dean has been an educator for the past 27 years and has worked previously in the Middle Country Central School District and currently in the Patchogue-Medford School District. She earned a B.A. from Cortland College, an M.A. from Stony Brook University, and an M.S. from the College of St. Rose. Catherine earned her Advanced Certificates in School Building and School District Leadership from the College of St. Rose. She is pursuing an Ed.D. in Leadership in Innovation and Continuous Learning at Concordia University – University of Wisconsin. Catherine has been an English teacher and assistant principal at the middle and high school levels. She is currently the Director of Secondary Humanities, Grades 7-12, for the Patchogue-Medford School District and a professional development facilitator for the Long Island Learning Institute for Educators (LILIE).


Lori Goldstein is the Director of Special Education at the Patchogue-Medford School District. She started her career as a special education teacher in Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada, before returning to Long Island, NY, to work as a teacher and administrator in a special education school. Lori received her Bachelor of Education degree in Special Education from SUNY Geneseo, Master of Education degree in Special Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Advanced Certificates in School Building Leadership and School District Leadership from SUNY Stony Brook. Lori is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership at St. John’s University.


Michelle Marrone graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Education from Manhattanville College and continued her education at St. John’s University to pursue a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. She also graduated from St. Joseph’s College with an Advanced Certificate in School District Leader and School Building Leader and enjoys working with students and families from different cultures.

She has been an ENL teacher at Hampton Bays High School and is currently the Director of ENL, World Languages, and Bilingual Programs, 6-12 at the Patchogue-Medford School District. In addition to Michelle’s director role, she is also a co-chairperson of the districtwide Equity Committee, responsible for creating an equitable and inclusive learning environment for diverse students.


Raymond Ruiz grew up in Brooklyn, NY, having the privilege of being around a diverse population and learning about the different cultures surrounding him. Ray had the pleasure of attending the New York City Public School system and then being employed by the New York City Department of Education for many years. In 2016 he decided to work closer to home in Levittown, NY, at the Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center. During this time, he was given a chance to obtain his school building and district license with LIU Post. Since 2019, Ray has been the Director of Career and Technical Education for the Patchogue Medford School district, where he is responsible for developing and implementing programs that allow students to learn a skill in a particular career cluster. In addition to these responsibilities, he is the co-chairperson of the districtwide Equity Committee.



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