By Pat Shea
Four new principals will begin the new academic year at elementary schools in the diocese of Syracuse.
Principal at St. Patrick’s School, Oneida
Kristin Healt began working with St. Patrick’s staff in June, transitioning to her present role as principal of the school following the retirement of Peg Brown, the school’s principal for 13 years.
Healt has an associate degree in applied science in human services from Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica; a bachelor of science degree with honors in elementary education from SUNY Oneonta; a master of science degree with distinction in reading from SUNY Potsdam; and a certificate of advanced study in administration from Le Moyne College.
Healt previously taught reading and writing to students at Adirondack Middle School in Boonville, N.Y; assisted in the development of a guided reading program for grades K-6 at Saint Peter’s Catholic School in Lowville, N.Y.; taught first and second grade and also performed duties as assistant principal; became interim principal and director of technology for West Leyden Elementary School, where she collected data to monitor student performances in new math and the ELA program; and authored a district technology plan and elementary keyboarding program with members of the technology committee.
Principal, St. Rose of Lima, North Syracuse
Crysler has over 20 years of experience as a Catholic school educator, a certificate of advanced study in school building leadership from Le Moyne College, a master’s degree in elementary education with a concentration in reading and a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from SUNY Cortland.
Crysler has worked at St. Rose of Lima as both a teacher for grades K-3 and as an administrative leader conducting teacher evaluations and observations, preparing curriculum using the Common Core Standards, mentoring teachers in technology, and facilitating the Response to Intervention program. She has also taught enrichment activities for gifted and talented students at Saint Mary’s Elementary School in Clinton, N.Y.
Sister Christina Marie Luczynski, CSSF
Principal, Holy Family School, Syracuse
Sister Christina Lucznyski began her teaching career at St. Edmund School in Tonawanda, N.Y. before leaving to teach at St. Valentine School in Buffalo; Sacred Heart School in Syracuse; Queen of Peace School in Buffalo; and St Mary’s School in Canton. She moved into administration at St. Mary’s School and continued in an administrative capacity for Blessed Sacrament School in Kenmore, St. Peter’s Campus in Rome; Transfiguration Campus in Rome, Villa Maria Academy in Buffalo, St. Stephen’s School in Grand Island, and St. Joseph’s School in Penfield.
Sister Christina has an associate accreditation in education with a concentration in social studies from Villa Maria College of Buffalo; a bachelor of science degree in elementary education with concentrations in math and social studies from Rosary Hill College in Buffalo; a master’s degree in elementary education and reading from SUNY Potsdam; and a New York State permanent administration certification from the University of Rochester-Warner School of Education, in Rochester.
Sister Christina was honored in 2011 with Rochester’s Golden Apple Award for Exceptional Leadership in Education and was the 1991 recipient of the Elizabeth Ann Seton Award presented from the Diocese of Buffalo. She has also coordinated several retreats and presentations on a variety of topics at numerous workshops throughout the state.
Julie K. Lamuraglia
St. John the Evangelist School, Binghamton
Julie K. Lamuraglia, a native of Dickenson, N.Y., has been teaching in public schools more than 25 years.
Lamuraglia began her teaching career working for the Johnson City School District. She taught fourth grade and continued teaching in the district until she accepted her current position as principal for St. John the Evangelist School.
During her teaching career, Lamuraglia has taught second, third, fourth and fifth grades, with a strong concentration on reading. She has also been involved with reading intervention and staff development for grades K-2, and organized a summer lending library at the Family Enrichment Network, Sarah Jane Church, and the Johnson City Book Mobile. She established the Broome County Family Reading Partnership with collaboration from college instructors, politicians and businesses.
Lamuraglia was previously an administrative intern at Johnson City High School from January through May 2014, where her responsibilities included organizing student data to inform teacher instruction and increase student awareness; collaborating with administrators to create a building-wide master and test schedule; and met with families of at-risk students, teachers and administrators in order to decrease absences, increase school engagement and academic success.
Lamuraglia has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master of science degree from SUNY Potsdam; a certificate of advanced studies from SUNY Binghamton; and certificates for New York State school building leadership, reading recovery, reading teacher certification for grades K-12 and elementary teaching for grades K-6.
This will Lamuraglia’s first position in a Catholic school. “It just felt right when I interviewed for the position,” stated Lamuraglia. “I’m not nervous to start the new school year, but am excited. I’ve already had my first faculty meeting and the staff here at St. John’s has been tremendously supportive and encouraging. Catholic school teachers know what they’re doing, and they get the results to prove it,” stated Lamuraglia proudly.
With her strong background in reading, Lamuraglia is looking forward to helping establish a strong literacy program at St. John’s, but she is most looking forward to working with the kids.
“I’ve been working hard all summer and I really miss being around the kids. It’s so great to see how much excitement and enthusiasm they have about learning,” stated Lamuraglia.