By Danielle Lambert.
Rose Linda Ricca, former chairperson of math, science and technology for the Malverne Union Free School District, was promoted to the position of Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Educational services at the Board of Education’s July 9 meeting.
Mrs. Ricca will take her post effective July 15 and will replace current Deputy Superintendent Richard Banyon, who is set to retire by August 30.
Mrs. Ricca has been a longstanding member of Malverne, having begun her career in the district 26 years ago as a teacher of mathematics. Most recently, she has been responsible for writing all of the mathematics curricula for the new Common Core Learning Standards, as well as working on the committee with the teacher’s union to create and implement the new Annual Professional Performance Review.
Respected in her field, Mrs. Ricca has been asked to present her teaching strategies at many local, state and national conferences.
“Working in the Malverne School District for the past 26 years has not been a job, but more of a vocation,” Ricca said of her time in the district. “I truly care about the students, faculty and staff, for they have been my family. It is my goal to use my experience and knowledge to continue to encourage our children to grow to greater heights."
Prior to joining Malverne, Ricca taught math and business at a school in New Jersey, and then moved to Long Island to work in both Port Washington and Valley Stream school districts.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in accounting education and a Master of Science in mathematical education, both from Queens College. She earned her Certificate of Administrative Studies from Hofstra University. In 2006, Ricca received the Town of Hempstead “Pathfinder Award” in Education, as well as the “Leadership Award” in Education from Molloy College.
"It is an extreme honor to be given the opportunity to guide exceptionally qualified and dedicated faculty, staff and administrators," she said. "I look forward to working with these professionals to help Malverne continue on its path to excellence in becoming a 21st-century school district.”