GENEVA - Students returning to the middle school this fall will find some new faces to greet them.
Carmine Calabria, currently assistant principal at the high school, will take over for Ann Goldfarb as middle school principal. The district is also searching for two assistant principals - one to replace Calabria and one to replace John Natti, who retired as middle school assistant principal earlier this year.
Goldfarb will stay on as an English-language arts staff developer with the district.
Calabria, who takes his new post July 1, has been the assistant principal for the high school since 2005.
“I am pleased I didn't have to leave Geneva to grow professionally,” said Calabria, who moved to North Street last fall.
Calabria graduated from Ithaca College with a bachelor's degree in English literature and composition and received a master's degree in education from Roberts Wesleyan College. He completed an advanced degree in educational administration, earning a certificate of advanced studies from State University College at Brockport in 2004.
Calabria came to Geneva ten years ago to teach high school English. He has been the supervising administrator for the middle school's summer school program for the past two years. He has also served as GED program coordinator and summer school principal for the middle- and high-school programs and was also a GED teacher for two years.
Before he came to Geneva, Calabria was an eighth-grade alternative education teacher with Livonia Central Schools.
Calabria said he was eager to help the middle school work through issues such as low test scores. Solutions will come through collaboration among administrators, teachers and staff, he said.
With his experience at the high school, Calabria said, he will work as a bridge to further connect the middle and high schools.
“I believe that Carter Road is the future of education in Geneva,” he said. “We have the potential and the promise to grow into a real six through 12
Calabria said he is looking forward to working with middle school students again.
“It's a real interesting developmental time,” he said. “With some positive structure, you can make some real positive impacts in their lives.”
While High School Principal Dave Pullen is sad to see Calabria leave, he said he is the right man for the middle school job.
“He has been an excellent addition to the administrative team at the high school and the district,” Pullen said. “He truly cares for the kids and has a passion for teaching and learning.”