District 26 Team

Danielle Giunta

Superintendent, CSD 26

Danielle Giunta has been the Community Superintendent in District Twenty-Six in Queens since 2014, serving over 18,000 students and their families across twenty-eight (28) Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade schools, where she prioritizes her work in nurturing an inclusive environment, building coherence of experiences, and growing leadership, capacity and sustainability at every level in pursuit of equity and excellence for all. Mrs. Giunta conducts Principal Performance Observations and informal support visits, providing schools with accurate, fair and credible review experiences, coupled with high-quality feedback in an effort to advance the work of ongoing school improvement.

As an experienced early childhood teacher, assistant principal, and principal Mrs. Giunta was committed to strengthening her school community and recognized for her efforts in expanding parent engagement, supporting teacher development through nurturing teacher leaders, and mentoring aspiring school leaders; all of which she continues to prioritize in her current role. Mrs. Giunta is a 2011 Cahn Fellow, having participated in the program that honors distinguished principals at Teachers College, Columbia University. Previously, she served as Network Leader for a portfolio of 28 diverse schools across four community school districts in NYC.

Mrs. Giunta received her master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Bank Street College of Education. Mrs. Giunta is also a former mentor for the NYC Leadership Academy’s Aspiring Principals Program and has worked as an adjunct professor in the CUNY Queens College Educational Leadership department. In 2016, Mrs. Giunta joined the adjunct faculty at Baruch College as part of the Advanced Leadership Institute, in partnership with the NYC Department of Education. In this role, Mrs. Giunta served as an instructor and faculty advisor for a cohort of distinguished principals, district, Field Support Center and central leaders in pursuit of advancing their knowledge and skill set in leading system level change.

Anthony Inzerillo

Special Instructional Liaison

In his career spanning over 22 years, Anthony Inzerillo has served as a paraprofessional, teacher, assistant principal and, for the last 15 years as the Principal of the Maurice Fitzgerald School, P.S. 199 in Queens. Under his tutelage, P.S. 199 consistently made impressive gains in student achievement and excelled in progress across all student groups. Through a commitment to fostering “strong family and community ties,” Mr. Inzerillo nurtured partnerships with Community Based Organizations, leading to recognition as one of the city’s largest Arts partnerships with NYC Ballet among others. Additionally, P.S. 199Q has hosted over 75 visits from educators across NYC and the country to highlight their approach to a balanced literacy program, resulting in visiting educators who leave inspired to replicate and create strategies, structures and routines for their respective communities.

Mr. Inzerillo’s experience has provided him the opportunity to take on additional leadership roles inclusive of mentoring new leaders. Over his tenure as Principal at PS 199, Mr. Inzerillo received recognition for his leadership in many ways, including:Recognition of 15 Years of Exceptional Service as a New York City School Principal from the New York City Elementary School Principals Association, Educator of the Year Award from the United Federation of Teachers, Continued Dedication and Commitment to District 24 Schools from D24 Community Education Council, Commitment to the Community Award from Tibetan Language School of New York, Educator of the Year Award from Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside, Ongoing, Exemplary Leadership Award from Chancellor Joel Klein, Commitment to the Community Award from Chancellor Dennis Walcott and Collaborative Community of Practice Award from Chancellor Carmen Farina. Mr. Inzerillo was born and raised in NYC and proudly attended NYC public schools from Kindergarten through Grade 12.

His greatest joy is spending time with his family and riding his motorcycles.

Maria Vera-Drucker

Executive Director of School Support & Operations

Maria Vera-Drucker is delighted to join the Community School District 26. Previously, Maria served as the Brooklyn North Director of Teaching and Learning. In collaboration with her team, she designed professional learning series in all content areas and provided instructional guidance in pedagogical practices to the Academic Response Team.

Prior to becoming the Director of Teaching and Learning, Maria was formerly the proud principal of the Felisa Rincon de Gautier School (32K376). She successfully transformed the elementary school into a 21st century model for Instructional Technology education. Maria is honored for her contributions to the STEAM- PBL curriculum design, data articulation inquiry cycles, NYCDOE showcase school, Teaching Fellow Academy host school, Center for Educational Innovation International (CEI) host school, and the New York City’s Best Public Elementary School (Hemphill & Raschka, 2017). In addition, she served as an assistant principal, Region 8 Instructional Technology staff developer, technology teacher, and classroom teacher for grades 4 and 6, where she applied Project-Based Learning as part of her teaching method. Maria holds a Master of Science from the New York Institute of Technology in Instructional Technology, and in District Leadership and Technology, and a doctorate degree in Education from the Sage Colleges.

Holly Shimer

Early Childhood District Administrator

Holly Shimer is the Early Childhood District Administrator for District 26. She received her B.A. in Child Study from St. Joseph's College, her M.S. in Literacy Education from Long Island University and her Advanced Certificate in School Building Leadership from St. John's University.

Holly is passionate about early childhood education and has been in the field for over 10 years. Before joining the District 26 team, Holly taught both general education and special education students from Pre-K to Grade 1. She has experience as a special education itinerant teacher, an instructional coach and is a certified CLASS observer. Holly served as the Educational Director at one of New York City's Early Childhood Education Centers in which she oversaw daily operations, curriculum and instruction, enrollment, and supported families of a preschool serving children from ages 2 to 5 including some with special needs. Holly also worked as a Committee of Preschool Special Education Administrator for the NYC Department of Education.

Holly is honored to be part of the District 26 team as the Early Childhood District Administrator. She strives to provide the district's youngest learners with a high-quality education that is developmentally appropriate and instills a lifelong love for learning.

Kimberly D'Angelo

Family Leadership Coordinator

Kim D’Angelo is the Family Leadership Coordinator for District 26. Born and raised in Queens, Ms. D’Angelo is a proud graduate of District 26 and New York City public schools. She received her B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Albany and, after a short career as a medical editor, returned to District 26 to raise her children.

As a parent leader in the district, Ms. D’Angelo collaborated with school administrators, community organizations, and elected officials to advocate for our parents and families. For more than a decade, she held various positions on School Leadership Teams and PTA executive boards. She presided over Presidents’ Council District 26 and represented District 26 PTAs on a citywide level at the Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Council.

Ms. D’Angelo is honored to be a part of the District 26 Team where she continues her work empowering parents and engaging families.

Wendy Mo

Family Support Coordinator

Wendy Mo is the Family Support Coordinator for Community School District 26. She is a proud product of the NYC public school system, and received her Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from New York University.

As a Bayside parent, Mrs. Mo has taken on informal and formal parent leadership roles in service of supporting her three children, their respective schools and the District 26 community at large. She has partnered closely with the PTAs, Parent Coordinators and local elected officials championing our schools in service of ensuring the legacy of “Excellence in Education” continues. She has served on the PTA for the last eight years, has participated in the C-30 process, served on various committees and worked closely with the PS 41Q community as part of the participatory budgeting process resulting in one of Councilman Vallone’s largest allocations supporting critical upgrades to the school facility.

Mrs. Mo was excited and honored to join the District 26 team in January, 2019. She comes to us with experience in the private sector where her roles and responsibilities were focused on customer service and human resources which provided her with rich opportunities to hone her skills as an organizational and relational leader. She values the importance of teamwork and strong family-community ties in the efforts of enriching our children’s lives and education. She is wholeheartedly committed to our community and looks forward to working collaboratively in her role to help strengthen our schools and foster a warm and inclusive environment for our children and families.

Darnell Weir

Academic Policy, Performance and Assessment Specialist

Darnell Weir is the Academic Policy, Performance and Assessment Specialist (APPA) for Community School District 26. He is a native New Yorker, and received his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross, his Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Manhattanville College and his Advanced Certificate in School Building/School District Leadership from SUNY Stony Brook.

Mr. Weir began his career with the New York City Department of Education at MS 337 in the Bronx as the school’s first Parent Coordinator, helping to graduate its inaugural class in 2007. He served as a Parent Coordinator for 2 years, and during this time, he engaged parents through workshops, informal events and being a visible presence in the community. He was at the school for 8 years and during this time, he served as a Math Teacher, Dean, Data Specialist, Building Response Team Member and as a member of the Hiring Committee.

Mr. Weir then transitioned to PS 146, an elementary school in the Bronx. During this time, he helped to launch the District 8 Science Fair, providing support to teachers, students and District staff to ensure the event was a success. He also served as the School Leadership Team Chairperson, helping to write the schools CEP. He also created and delivered professional development to teachers, in particular when schools transitioned to remote learning.

Mr. Weir was elated and honored to join the District 26 team in November, 2021. He comes to District 26 with a focus on data driven instruction, looking to support school leaders and staff with thinking creatively about ways to maximize student achievement while ensuring equity of access.

Susan Ackert

District Achievement and Instructional Specialist

Susan Ackert is a district achievement and instructional specialist for District 26. She received her B.A. in Psychology from NYU, her M.Ed in Elementary/Childhood Education and Teaching Students with dis/Abilities from Teachers College, Columbia University and her Advanced Certificate in School Building and District Leadership from the College of St. Rose.

Before joining the District 26 team, she worked as an elementary special education teacher and an Instructional Lead with the former Queens North Borough Office. During her time with the borough office, she worked closely with District 26 in strengthening multi-tiered systems of support to support data analysis, core literacy instruction, and interventions.

She is honored to continue her partnership with the District 26 team and continues to support the continuous improvement of literacy instruction, tiered supports, and equitable access for all students.

Susan Mahl

ML/ELL Services Administrator

Susan Mahl is the ML/ELL Services Administrator for District 26. She received her B.S. in Economics with a minor in Chinese from the University of Vermont and Yúnnán dàxué, her M.Ed with a concentration in English as a New Language from Long Island University, and her Advanced Certificate in School Building and District Leadership from the College of St. Rose.

In New York City, she has worked as a Middle School TESOL Teacher and ML/ELL Services Administrator with the former Queens North Borough Office. During her time with the Borough Office, she worked closely with District 26 in strengthening multi-tiered systems of supports with a focus on English Language Learners, core instruction, intervention, and data analysis.

Ms. Mahl is honored to be a part of the District 26 Team where she continues her work supporting continuous improvement of instruction, tiered supports, and equitable access for all students.

Andy Yuen

Advance Lead

In his 20 year career with the Department of Education, Andy Yuen has served as a teacher, Assistant Principal, Acting Principal at PS 133Q, and currently the Advance Lead for District 26. He received his B.A. in History from Fordham University, M.A. in Education from Brooklyn College, and his Educational Leadership Administration degree at The College of Saint Rose.

As the Advance Lead for District 26, Andy is passionate about enhancing instructional pedagogical practices with the Danielson Framework for Teaching. His partnership with District 26 began in 2017 when he led professional learning communities to support Assistant Principals to develop best practices in planning and preparation, formative assessment, and social emotional learning. In addition, Andy has mentored new Assistant Principals to develop their leadership skills and knowledge. He also led the JESA - Job Embedded Support for Advance - with District 26 Principals to enhance school leaders' process with teacher evaluation and pedagogical development.

Recognized for his excellent work and leadership, Andy was given the opportunity to serve as the Acting Principal at PS 133Q. During his tenure as Acting Principal, Andy closed the achievement gap in reading and math by achieving an 11% reading diagnostic growth and an 29% math diagnostic growth by upholding high instructional expectations. He also increased the overall attendance rate from 90% to 92% and decreased the total number of OORS school incident cases by more than 50% by establishing strong partnerships with students and parents. Furthermore, he was able to secure a $350,000 grant to renovate the current school playground with a special needs accessible playground.

In his spare time, Andy enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and going to auto shows and driving events.

Rajeev Bector

Teacher Development and Evaluation Coach/Advance Lead

Rajeev Bector has been a Teacher Development and Evaluation Coach / Advance Lead since 2012, serving districts 24 and 26 and high schools across Queens. Mr. Bector supports school leaders with all aspects of the observation and feedback cycle with an emphasis on equity and culturally responsive sustaining education. He also supports school leaders in increasing student learning by using assessment data to inform planning and instructional decisions.

Mr. Bector has previously served as a teacher of English, Assistant Principal, and Deputy Cluster Leader for Instruction. He has conducted School Quality Reviews and helped school leaders establish and maintain a culture focused on student learning and achievement, leadership development, and empowerment. Mr. Bector is passionate about education and believes all students can succeed, develop agency and criticality, and take ownership of their learning.

Mr. Bector earned his educational leadership credentials from the NYC Leadership Academy and Queens College of the City of New York. He is a product of NYC public schools and dedicated to making a significant contribution to the lives of our students and their families.

Vanessa Figliozzi

Implementation Team

Office of School Wellness

Vanessa Figliozzi has been serving and supporting New York City students and teachers since 2006 as a Physical Education Teacher at both the middle and high school level. Vanessa brings extensive experience in both Physical Education and Health Education, and a passion for creating curriculum that merges the two academic areas (and worked on a team that developed the PE Scope and Sequence). The last 5 years she has worked as a wellness coach with the Office of School Wellness programs where she supported K-12 with instructional coaching in, programming, implementation, and sustainability of wellness programs such as School Wellness Councils, Move-to-Improve and CHAMPS. She also worked closely with the alternative certification programs and teacher recruitment initiatives.

Vanessa has worked with educators and administrators to implement best practices in PE through facilitating professional learning workshops and presenting at both State and National conferences. Through this work she developed a passion for Social Emotional Learning recognizing the importance for all she even tries to implement SEL practices with her 3 little children. She wrote and facilitated various professional learning opportunities in Social Emotional Learning for teachers and school administrators.

Vanessa holds a Bachelor’s in Physical Education from Adelphi University, a Master’s in Health Education from Hofstra University, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Brooklyn College – where she is still active in networking with the community of incoming PE teachers.

Vanessa is excited to be part of the District 26 team.

Sydney Correa

Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent

In her career with the Department of Education, Sydney Correa has worked across PS 31 and PS 188 as a Family Worker, bridging the gap between parents and the special education team to ensure that parents feel included in an integral part of their child’s education. She has worked often behind the scenes to guarantee that special education evaluations run smoothly and that parents feel welcomed by the team that works closely with their child so that they can achieve their best.

Sydney received a BA in Forensic Psychology with a minor in Criminology from John Jay College’s Honors Program. During her academic career she obtained a wealth of experience in research methodology and peer reviewed data analysis.

Yun Kim, PhD

Attendance Teacher