“In my experiences as a teacher and a principal and a community leader, I have been able to provide momentum in many aspects to take organizations and make them better,” he said.
Mazzella’s vision for Beekmantown Central is to transform it into a community of 21st-century learners who are tech-savvy leaders, critical thinkers, problem solvers and collaborators.
“All that gets done when the district and the leaders and the teachers and the staff model those things for our kids,” he said.
The organization, Mazzella noted, must have a triangulation of family, school and partnerships.
The school has to engage families by opening its doors to them and having consistent and transparent communication, he said, and partnerships are “key in a time when fiscal resources are really really tight.”
For example, Peru Central has a partnership with William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, which, Mazzella noted, is right in Beekmantown’s backyard. Through the partnership, honors chemistry students are able to do labs at the institute.
Peru is also a satellite office for Behavioral Health Services North, he added, enabling students access to psychological counseling without leaving campus.
In order to move Beekmantown Central forward, Mazzella said, the district must set high expectations centered on accountability and reflection; strengthening student achievement; providing quality support; using data; ensuring cost-effective fiscal responsibility and transparency; and continuous improvement.
“You have to create a set of goals that will align to our budgets, to our needs, to our values,” he said. “The goals guide the journey.
“And probably the most important thing for our community is transparency.”
Also necessary, Mazzella noted, is empowering leadership and maximizing the human capital of the entire learning community through mentoring, staff development, creativity and collaboration.
“Take the talent you have, identify it and share it.