School District 21 has a new community superintendent.
Following last month’s retirement of Richard D’Auria, the district’s longtime leader, a new administrator has been appointed.
Ann Marie Lettieri-Baker marked her first public engagement at a meeting of the district’s Community Education Council (CEC), which is a volunteer parents’ group advocating for schools in Coney Island and Bensonhurst.
“I have just begun my 20th year” as an educator, she explained.
Lettieri-Baker started out as a teacher in Greenwich Village and later became principal of P.S. 32, 317 Hoyt Street.
“I was the principal of P.S. 32 in District 15 for eight-and-a-half years,” she wrote in a letter to the District 21 community. “P.S. 32 was a struggling elementary school, second from the bottom of the district when I took it over in 1999, and in ‘corrective action.’ When I left in 2007, P.S. 32 was ‘in good standing’ and had been for two years and fifth in the district for math.”
Lettieri-Baker was greeted by cheerleaders from I.S. 228, which hosted the CEC meeting in its Avenue S building.
The tweens offered rousing chants of, “L-E-T-T-I-E-R-I! Helloi How are youi David A. Boody welcomes you!”
“I feel very fortunate and blessed to have been asked to serve as District 21’s superintendent,” Lettieri-Baker said at the CEC meeting. “I look forward to working with all of you.”
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