Friday, 05 August 2011 00:00
Steven Kessler has been promoted to principal of the Carman Road School, located in Massapequa Park, a school that is part of the Board of Cooperative Services of Nassau County (Nassau BOCES). Kessler, who served as assistant principal at the school for the past 12 years, has spent the last three decades working in the special education field.
Kessler started his career at Nassau BOCES in 1988 as coordinator of the Supported Work Program where he followed up on special education students after they entered the workplace. A devout champion of special needs youngsters, he then moved to the Rosemary Kennedy School as the Assistant Principal for six years.
“After 31 years working in the field I can truly say that Carman Road is my favorite place,” said Kessler. “It has a family feel and is truly a special place. The education we provide for these special students is unlike any other school that I’ve ever been involved with.”
In his new role, Kessler will be responsible for all aspects of administration and supervision of the students ranging in ages from 3-21 as well as the more than 200 staff members. Keeping up with all the changes in SED mandates and guidelines, along with the assessments and standards, will also be a major part of his new duties as principal.
Kessler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in special and elementary education from Buffalo State College, a master’s degree in vocational/rehabilitation counseling from SUNY Buffalo, and a master’s in public administration as well as a professional diploma in education administration from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus.
Married for 31 years with two children, Kessler’s hobbies include walking and photography.
Part of the Nassau BOCES Department of Special Education, the Carman Road School provides an outstanding program of comprehensive educational services that develops students’ academic, social-emotional, and pre-vocational skills to the fullest extent possible so that they can become productive members of society. The school’s multidisciplinary team designs strategies to achieve the goals and objectives established in each student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). Traditional educational methods are used in conjunction with state-of-the-art technology to provide stimulating programs for students.