This month, JHS math teacher at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Academy, Joseph Paniccia, has been promoted to Assistant Principal, Dean of Students. In this new position, Paniccia fulfills different requests from the Diocese, performs data mining, and supports parents through HAA meeting attendance, ensuring a safe and cooperative environment for students. In his new position, Paniccia will retain his past responsibilities while continuing to support the school and principal.
Before his promotion, Paniccia successfully completed the rigorous Cabrini Program offered by the Diocese in partnership with Fordham University to eligible teachers nominated by their principals. After several interviews, instructors then worked to complete the two-year program, including summer, fall, and spring semester courses. An internship component comprised the second year of the program in which instructors gained first-hand experience to the various tasks performed by principals on a monthly basis.
An educator for nine years, Paniccia’s passion lies in fostering an environment of learning and growth for students, recognizing and upholding the importance of evaluating school relations and being willing and capable of adapting in order to best serve his students and the school at large.
“Being able to understand the inner workings of a school really helped me grow as an educator. One of the common themes we spoke about during my graduate classes was the ability to wear different ‘hats’ to better understand a situation. I plan to continue to utilize this method to help meet the needs of my students and teachers,” Paniccia said. “When it comes to serving the school and the students, I’m hoping to answer any requests that come my way, and for those that I can’t, I will do my best to come to a happy medium that benefits both the school and its constituents.”