Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf welcomes a new principal, Dr. Julia Silvestri. Dr. Silvestri brings with her comprehensive experience as an educator, administrator, and community organizer with a proven record of effective organizational leadership skills. Her commitment to Deaf education began with a family of Deaf educators and administrators, who instilled in her the values of community, service, and inclusion.
While working as a teacher and administrator in a variety of deaf and public school settings, she earned a Ph.D. in Physical Disabilities at Teachers College, Columbia University, and an Ed.S. in Leadership and Administration at the George Washington University. Throughout her career in education, she has merged teaching, research, and administration into the development of an achievement-oriented paradigm of educating and evaluating deaf students with diverse abilities. At Teachers Colleges, she conducted and published groundbreaking research on reading strategies and literacy achievement in deaf and hearing adults, while also working extensively on a collaborative model of Deaf Music Education as a tool for literacy development and community engagement.
Dr. Silvestri believes in fostering collaborative relationships with parents, teachers, and external stakeholders, and remains committed to building strong partnerships that maximize school programs to support students learning and growth. As an administrator, she values the use of data, inquiry, and resource management to maintain facilities and school operations, guide instructional improvement, and ensure that all students and staff members are both challenged and supported in an environment that is both accessible and affirming. Dr. Silvestri is thrilled to be joining the Mill Neck community and co-creating a culture of creativity, achievement, and celebration.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Silvestri to the Mill Neck family!