Valerie Monforte has been appointed to serve as the Huntington School District’s special education chair for grades K-6. She assumed her new position last Friday and replaces Diana Rich, who became the department’s district director.
Ms. Monforte obtained Bachelor of Science (childhood education) and Master of Science (literacy, B-6) degrees at St. John’s University in Queens in 2005 and 2007, respectively. She earned a Certificate in Educational Leadership at the College of Saint Rose in 2014.
Prior to coming to Huntington, Ms. Monforte worked as a K-5 special education teacher at PS 60 in Woodhaven, Queens from September 2006 through June 2015. She served on the New York City Board of Education’s Committee on Special Education from September-December 2015 and on the Committee on Pre-School Special Education from January 2016 until her recent appointment in Huntington.
District officials reviewed 45 applications, pre-screened 15 individuals and extensively interviewed eight candidates prior to recommending Ms. Monforte for appointment. She will be eligible for tenure in June 2021.