The Longwood School District has appointed Vaughn Denton to the position of Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel and Community Services, effective July 1, 2017. Mr. Denton replaces Debra Winter who was appointed Superintendent of Schools at Springs School District.
Mr. Denton has spent more than 12 years at Longwood where he served as assistant principal for both Longwood Middle School and Coram Elementary School. In 2012, he was appointed as principal of Coram Elementary School.
“Mr. Denton’s diverse experience, enthusiasm and commitment to motivating those around him make him a tremendous asset to our central administrative team,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael R. Lonergan. “He knows the community, understands the culture, and is deeply knowledgeable about our vision, mission, and goals. We wish him much success in his new position.”
As principal of the District’s largest K-4 elementary school, Mr. Denton has developed a culture of shared responsibility among the staff for ensuring that all students receive the instruction and attention that they need. Mr. Denton successfully launched the EMC (Environment, Motivation, and Collaboration) framework, where instructional practices are student-centered, with students taking ownership for learning.
To strengthen the home-school connection, Mr. Denton worked closely with the school’s PTA and faculty to launch Coram Literacy Day at Longwood Library and Dads and Donuts, an event drawing close to 800 participants.
In 2015, Mr. Denton was selected from 423 applicants to receive the Raymond R. Delaney Memorial Scholarship from The New York State Council of School Superintendents for his strong leadership skills to lift an already highly regarded community elementary school, to an excellent example of elementary education.
Throughout his tenure as principal, Coram Elementary School has been recognized for their various philanthropic efforts by Long Island Cares, St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital and the American Red Cross.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel and Community Services, and I look forward to contributing to the continued excellence and success of this great school district,” said Mr. Denton. “Every day, my primary focus is to maximize the potential of each student in the District. I will continue to support our teachers, leaders, and staff to inspire, empower and educate our students so that they can develop into leaders that will help shape the world through creativity and critical thinking.”
Mr. Denton began his career in education as a special education teacher in Yonkers. He went on to become a technology coordinator and school administrator/department supervisor.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Manhattan College and a Master of Arts degree in Computing in Education from Columbia University. He earned his administrative certifications from the College of St. Rose and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in educational administration and supervision from St. John’s University.