As #APWeek19 continues, we’d like to highlight the two Suffern Middle School Assistant Principals, Danielle Castaldo and Melissa Monaco. As AP’s their day-to-day duties include working with students to help them become the best versions of themselves, collaborating with teachers and staff, and helping to make decisions on the best interests of the school, its students and teachers and staff.
Both of these women were instrumental in organizing this year’s Kind Campaign assembly for the girls at SMS and worked with the brother committee to create a “Committee of MENtors” program for the male population in the school. Both of these programs address bullying, social and emotional issues, and self-awareness and worth.
“One thing I have learned in my job as Assistant Principal,” mentioned Ms. Castaldo, “is that it does not matter how well planned I am for tomorrow, what tomorrow has in store is very much unknown.”
Ms. Monaco agrees and adds, “I have learned that there are so many moving parts within the middle school, but being surrounded by people who share the same passion for inspiring students is what matters most, and what makes work easy.”
And because it’s also #NationalLibraryWeek, we asked them to tell us their favorite books. Ms. Castaldo’s favorite book is “Who Moved My Cheese” by Spencer Johnson and Ms. Monaco’s is “The Outsiders,” by S.E. Hinton