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Garden City Schools Name New Math, STEAM Leader

GARDEN CITY, NY — The Garden City School District announced that Christina Cardella will be the new coordinator of mathematics and STEAM. Cardella, appointed on Aug. 18, takes on the responsibilities previously held by Stu Dods, who retired earlier this summer. The position has been expanded to include the aspects of science, technology, engineering and the arts.

Cardella comes to Garden City from Massachusetts, where she served as a STEM coordinator in the Chelsea Public Schools. Prior to that, she was director of math and business in the Melrose Public Schools and has many years of experience as a high school mathematics teacher in the Belmont and Medford school districts. She has received the Partners in Excellence Teacher Award from Mass Insight based on her success teaching AP Statistics, the Staff and Teacher Appreciation and Recognition Award from Belmont High School parents and several other honors from students.

In her recent roles, Cardella was instrumental in establishing a vision for math, science and technology education. She helped her districts plan and implement new programs and curricula as well as course offerings, professional development opportunities and pathways for students to maximize their achievement. She also supported the creation and analysis of district benchmark assessments. She has led and overseen various staff members and teams, and has presented at national and regional conferences.

Cardella holds a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in math from Salem State College and obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Education from Bucknell University. She minored in Spanish and completed part of her studies at the University of Sevilla, Spain.

“The district is excited to welcome Ms. Cardella and expand this position to add the STEAM components,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kusum Sinha. “We look forward to the contributions that she will make to our students and programs.”

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