The Empire State Supervisors and Administrators Association (ESSAA) recognized Terry Nigrelli, Director of Cultural Arts in the Bay Shore School District, as the 2017, Region 1, Administrator of the Year at their Executive Board Meeting on June 9th, at the Thayer Hotel in West Point, NY.

The Bay Shore’s Schools are well-known for the many opportunities in music and art provided by the district and administered by Terry Nigrelli. Bay Shore is renowned on Long Island for their HS Radio Station, Music Lab, Visual Arts, Marching Band, Music Ensembles, String Orchestras, Symphonic Bands, Show Choruses, Theatre Productions, and the Bay Shore Schools Arts in Education Endowment Fund.

The Bay Shore Music Department has been awarded the NYSSMA Presidential Citation Award; featured in the New York Times; recognized nationally as one of the Best Communities for Music Education in America eight times; and named a Grammy Signature School five times. Terry has been honored as an Apple Distinguished Educator, and Apple has also identified Bay Shore for its exemplary Multimedia/ Music Theory and Graphic Arts programs.

    l to r: ESSAA President, Carol Conklin-Spillane; ESSAA Administrator of the Year, Terry Nigrelli; and CAS President, Skip Voorneveld

In Bay Shore and throughout Long Island, Terry is a deeply respected, leader, educator, mentor, arts advocate and artist. For the past thirty years, the students in Bay Shore have benefitted from his expertise through a variety of summer Visual Arts and music programs, numerous artists in residence programs, and a variety of educational trips to NYC theaters, colleges, concerts, museums, and art galleries.

Terry brings his passion for the arts and exposing children to them in Bay Shore every day. He knows the visual, musical and dramatic arts are important for children and are a critical part of a well-rounded education and he has dedicated his professional life to sharing his knowledge and passion for the arts with his students and the Bay Shore educational community.

L to r: ESSAA 2017 Regional Administrators of the Year: Joyce Mucci, Mid-Rock President; Carol Conklin-Spillane, ESSAA President; Joseph Starvaggi, RASA Vice-President; Lance Edelman, High School Principal, Onteora School District; Brian Farrell, WNYAA President; Reginald Richardson, High School Principal, New Rochelle City School District; Frank Movalli, High School Principal, Lockport City School District; Jhone Ebert, NYSED Senior Deputy Commissioner for Education Policy; Richard Kimble, STSAA President; Terry Nigrelli, Director of Cultural Arts, Bay Shore UFSD; Dr. Shireen Fasciglione, CAPSA Vice President and ESSAA VP for Professional Development; John Rickert, High School Principal, Niskayuna School District and CAPSA President; Sean Gleason, Middle School Principal, Cato-Meridian Central School District; Heather Wolfe, Middle School Assistant Principal, Corning-Painted Post Area School District; Greg Avellino, CNYSAA President