The Westhampton Beach School District is pleased to announce that it has named Jeremy Garritano as the new principal of Westhampton Beach Elementary School, effective July 1. He replaces principal Lisa Slover who is moving out of state.
“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Garritano to the Westhampton Beach School District,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael R. Radday. “He brings and wealth of knowledge and experience to the position.”
Garritano, of West Islip, joins the Westhampton Beach School District from the Southampton School District where he has served as assistant principal of the elementary school since 2019. In his time at the elementary school, he was the 504 coordinator, Instructional Support Team Chairperson, and provided Crisis Prevention training to the elementary staff. In 2020 he was designated as the Administrator for Remote Instruction Teams Pre K-6. During this time, he designed, implemented, and supported new remote learning protocols that provided students and families with positive and engaging learning experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to serving in Southampton, Garritano worked in the Riverhead Central School District, where he was a special education teacher. Along with teaching, he was a member of the Long Island Consortium for Excellence and Equity, facilitated Instructional Rounds throughout the district, and worked closely with the special education department to draft and update the district’s special education plan. He also served as coordinator of the science-based summer school program for English language learners, which aimed to prepare ELL students for the 2019-20 school year. In addition, he sat on a number of education committees, served as a science fair coordinator and was a member of the district’s Parent University planning team.
Garritano holds his bachelor’s in government and policies and philosophy from St. John’s University, his master’s in childhood education from Dowling College, his Administrative Degree from the College of St. Rose and he is currently working on his doctorate at St. John’s University.
Of his appointment, Garritano said, “I am truly humbled by this opportunity and realize the incredible responsibility that has been entrusted to me, the children of Westhampton Beach Elementary. I am eager to begin my work getting to know each and every student and family while working to become ingrained in the deep-rooted traditions and values that are at the heart of the Westhampton Beach Elementary School, District and community.”