As the new principal at Dobbs Ferry High School, John Falino has made it his goal to create a stronger connection between the school and its students.
"My goal as a high school principal is to have something for everyone," Falino said. "To me the high school needs to be a place where kids want to come early, stay late and a place where they really have an opportunity to connect with the school outside of the classroom."
Falino replaced Keith Yi as high school principal and formally began his role in July. Falino started his teaching career at Plainedge High School on Long Island before most recently serving as assistant principal at New York City's High School for Environmental Studies for the past six years
"I taught at both the middle and high school level as an English teacher," Falino said. "I taught every grade at this point, right up to AP with seniors."
Developing 21st century skills for students is a top priority for the high school according to Falino.
"For me it's a simple approach, I'm looking for students who are engaged," Falino said. "I'm looking for students who are being challenged. I'm looking for students who are really leaving this high school with the skills that they'll need to be successful in anything that they choose to do."
Students are only half of the equation though as Falino insists that parents are just as big a part of the high school's success.
"It's really a big goal for me to right away find ways, creative ways to keep parents involved," he said. "To keep them up to date on what's happening in their child's education and really to keep them connected to our school."
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