Assistant Superintendent Lee Carulli -SUN PHOTO | KATHERINE LONG
By Katherine Long
After a long and varied career in public school education, Lee Carulli is happy to be a part of Catholic education in the Diocese of Syracuse. Carulli joined the diocesan Catholic Schools Office as Assistant Superintendent June 19, succeeding Cheryl Canfield who retired from the position June 29.
Carulli said in an interview with the Sun this spring that he is “interested in the whole Catholic school philosophy.”
“Parents send their kids [to Catholic schools] purposefully, because they know they’re going to have their faith reinforced on a regular basis. But they also send them there because they realize their child is going to get a good education… I want to be part of something like that,” he said.
Carulli comes to the position with experience from across the educational spectrum. He worked for 24 years at Minisink Valley High School in Slate Hill, N.Y., teaching English and serving as chair of the department. He later served as assistant and acting principal at Durgee Junior High School in Baldwinsville, as a middle school and an elementary school principal in the East Syracuse Minoa Central School District, and as an adjunct professor at Le Moyne College.
A Catholic school alum from kindergarten through second grade, Carulli went on to Catholic higher education, earning a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College. He earned both a master’s degree and a C.A.S. in Educational Administration from SUNY New Paltz.
A native of Orange County, N.Y., Carulli now calls Central New York and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Baldwinsville home.
Since coming on board, Carulli has visited the Catholic schools and principals in Broome County, Rome, Oneida, Cortland, and Utica, as well as Bishop Grimes and Cathedral Academy at Pompei in Syracuse.
He spent the summer working with a committee of eight principals and Dr. Barbara Messina, Director of Leadership Development & Mission Effectiveness for the Catholic Schools Office, to develop rubrics used to evaluate teachers and administrators. Carulli noted this spring that such rubrics shouldn’t be used as a “gotcha” for teachers. “We want our teachers to grow; we want them striving to get even better,” he said. The rubrics will be used this school year.
Carulli is currently working with principals as they prepare to use Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready program, which assesses students from kindergarten through eighth grade in reading and math. “We get baseline data in September/October through an assessment. That helps us know where kids are, and our teachers work with our kids to help them grow throughout the year. We then have a winter assessment and a spring assessment. The data provided between assessments helps us help our students grow,” he explained.
Carulli is looking forward to continued collaboration with his CSO, diocesan, and school colleagues. “This is a team I want to be part of,” he said.