Dr. Michael Curtin appointed Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
RYE BROOK—Dr. Michael Curtin, a veteran educator with a foundation in instructional technology and a decade of district-level administrative experience overseeing curriculum, has been named Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment by the Blind Brook Board of Education.
Dr. Curtin was appointed to the executive-level position at the board’s June 7 meeting. In his new role, Dr. Curtin will oversee curriculum and instruction, professional development, and assessment and data management. He will also supervise principals and teacher certification, among other duties. Additionally, he will be tasked with coordinating communication within the district and with the Blind Brook community regarding curriculum and instructional goals, programs and initiatives.
Since 2016, Dr. Curtin has served as Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Edgemont Schools. He served as the instructional technology coordinator from 2006-2010, as an assistant principal from 2010-2012, and as director of K-12 curriculum and instructional technology from 2012-2016. Prior to joining Edgemont, he was Director of Technology at Fordham Preparatory School from 1996-2006.
Dr. Curtin holds a Doctor of Education degree in the area of educational leadership and Administration and a Master of Science degree in educational administration, both from Fordham University. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in English language and literature, and a Master of Science in Education in curriculum and teaching.
“We, as a Board of Education, are excited to make this appointment of Dr. Curtin for this critical position,” said Board of Education President Scott Jaffee. “We are pleased to welcome an educator with not only the credentials and experience that he possesses but also the vision for student achievement and educational excellence that he brings, which are hallmarks of the Blind Brook Schools. Dr. Curtin will be an excellent fit here, and we look forward to him bringing that vision to bear on behalf of our students.”
In his new role, Dr. Curtin succeeds Dr. Colin Byrne, who was named Interim Superintendent of Schools in October and will become Superintendent effective July 1.
“I am so grateful that Dr. Curtin will be joining the Blind Brook administrative team,” said Dr. Byrne. “He will be an effective curriculum partner in our work to enhance educational opportunities for Blind Brook students and foster high achievement and individual success. I want to thank our search committee members, who did an outstanding job of identifying the best candidates. We were truly fortunate to find such an outstanding candidate.”
Dr. Curtin expressed deep appreciation to the Board of Education for his appointment. He said that he was attracted to Blind Brook for its small size and for its commitment to excellence. He was particularly impressed with the district’s Entrepreneurship Program, as well as its approach to what are typically referred to as STEM/STEAM topics with its unique DICE Program. He said that he has long been an admirer of Dr. Byrne’s work and believes that his leadership, along with construction improvements coming to a close, puts the district in position to be poised for positive growth.
“My main priority is to do a very thorough needs assessment. I know there are ongoing projects. For example, the district has been looking at its elementary literacy program. One of the things that was among my proudest achievements in Edgemont was helping to overhaul our elementary literacy program, so I believe I can contribute to those efforts. More than anything, I want to listen and talk to people, to understand what they think makes Blind Brook unique, and to really take the pulse of the community,” Dr. Curtin said.
“Mapping the curriculum will be important as a first step in documenting what’s already in place, and then engaging the community and the teachers and professional staff in a conversation about what areas we need to build upon to continue to grow. I look forward to building relationships with teachers, students, parents and fellow administrators. My first goal is to listen and to understand where people are coming from and where they want to go in the next three, five or 10 years.”