2017-07-26 / Front Page

Board of Regents Makes Visit to Top Queens High School

By Dr. Dan Miller and Joyce Vetere

Assembly member David Weprin congratulates school administrators and supportive staff for the work the wonderful work they are doing in  his Assembly District's local high school, Thomas A. Edison H.S.
Assembly member David Weprin congratulates school administrators and supportive staff for the work the wonderful work they are doing in his Assembly District's local high school, Thomas A. Edison H.S. On Tuesday July 25, the halls of Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School in Queens came alive as anticipation for an important visit by a group of visitors from Albany and New York City School Leaders.

New York City Chancellor Carmen Farina, New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa, NYS Board of Regents Chairman, members of the New York State Board of Regents were joined by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and NYS Assembly member David Weprin for a school visit to this highly recognized Queens high school.

The entourage of visitors gathered in the principal’s conference room for a greeting by school Principal Moses Ojeda, (no relation to the former Mets star pitcher from the 1986 World Champion New York Mets). Mr. Ojeda has been recognized by city and state educational leaders and lawmakers for his innovative approach to teaching and learning as the school he now heads. A former student at Edison Mr. Ojeda returned a few years ago as the school’s assistant principal and then was rewarded for his outstanding leadership and person to person skills to become the head of this 2100 student education institution.

Mr. Ojeda pointed out how Edison has become a guiding light to many other schools throughout the State of New York as the result of the hard work and dedication of his staff of teachers, supervisors and supportive staff.

“The mission of Thomas Edison High School is to develop the leaders of tomorrow by Board of regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa joins Assembly member David Weprin to congratulate Thomas A. Edison students and assistant principal Andrea Scolavino, head of the school's Instructional Support Services DepartmentPhotos Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESBoard of regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa joins Assembly member David Weprin to congratulate Thomas A. Edison students and assistant principal Andrea Scolavino, head of the school's Instructional Support Services DepartmentPhotos Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESpreparing all students to meet the high academic, technical, civic and workforce challenges of the twenty-first century believe that strong leadership throughout our united community of faculty members, students, parents and associates will move us towards out goals,” said, principal Ojeda.

While the school has developed partnerships with local universities like St John’s University, it has also forged outside groups to work with faculty and students to enhance the educational opportunities available to students and staff..

Chancellor Carmen Farina was particularly complimentary about the school leadership here at Edison. Her message of strong supportive leadership was echoed by State Regents Chancellor Betty A Rosa , who also had made many visits to the school to witness how strong supportive leadership, dedicated teaching can lead to an outstanding school.

According to one of the school’s assistant principals Andrea Scolavino, who was invited to transfer to Edison by the principal Moses Ojeda, who had worked with her at Francis Lewis High School a few years earlier and knew about her outstanding leadership abilities.

Ms. Scolavino heads up the ISS Department ( Instructional Support Services Department) at Edison. She specializes in working closely with teachers and student to help develop personalized programs for the school’s population of students with learning disabilities or challenges. Ms. Scolavino took the Gazette reporting team to visit some students who were working in a special lab where they have been planting vegetable and plants using a fairly new technology called hydroponic gardening. It is a new style of plant growth not known to most individuals but has become popular for indoor plan or vegetable growth where soil is not available.

The school tour included a visit to the school’s automotive lab., where students had recently detailed a brand now Chevy Silverado donated to the school by Chevrolet automotive company. Both principal Moses Ojeda and one of his top assistant principals Andrea Scolavino were very proud of this part of the school’s technical and career offerings to their students at Edison. Chancellor Farina, Chancellor   and Board of Regents Chairman Betty A. Rosa held a press conference in the paint and repair shop where in the shadows of the auto oven< used ot dry autos that have been painted, the state and city school leaders spoke about the outstanding career and technical school programs in careers at Edison, many of which have been duplicated in other high schools throughout the State.

The students we met at the school were highly complementary towards to their principal, Mr. Ojeda and the faculty as a whole citing the many examples of how teachers and supportive staff have assisted them during times that they struggled in school. The group of students felt that they learned many new things about careers that they never knew existed and attributed their success in school to the caring teachers and administrators that would not let them give up or fail. Failure was not an option at Thomas A. Edison High School.

The school is always looking for ideas to help improve the delivery of teaching and learning and is interested in any private or corporate partners to support some of their programs or suggest and help fund new programs to help prepare the students for the careers for which they would qualify. If you want your car detailed or painted call the school and for a nominal fee you will get an excellent detailing or paint job and help students learn a trade.

Those interested in helping Thomas A. Edison continue their mission may call (718) 297-6580 and ask for Principal Moses Ojeda or Assistant Principal Andrea Scolavino….

 

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