by Diane C. Lore (Via SILive.com)
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña has named Greg Jaenicke, a veteran educator with experience in the classroom as well as in supervision and administration, as the new principal of Curtis High School.
Jaenicke succeeds Dr. Aurelia Curtis, who retired in June after 31 years at Curtis.
“I look forward to working collaboratively with the entire school community — students, faculty, staff, parents, families, and community members alike — to maintain the vibrancy and tradition of excellence built at Curtis throughout its long history of serving the Staten Island community,” said Janice.
A Staten Island native, Jaenicke is no stranger to Curtis. He was a math teacher and served as assistant principal at the North Shore school from 1998 to 2003, when he left to accept a supervisory position with the Department of Education (DOE). He has served in various supervisory positions with DOE since then, working closely with Deputy Chancellor Dorita Gibson.
Jaenicke, who holds a bachelor’s degree in computer systems and mathematics from Baruch College and a master’s degree in education administration from Mercy College in Westchester, started his career in the Catholic school system, teaching math at Notre Dame Academy, Grymes Hill, and Monsignor Farrell High School, Oakwood, before moving to Curtis.
One of his first tasks at Curtis will be to get the school’s long-awaited extensionunderway. Groundbreaking is scheduled for mid-fall.
The new addition will include a larger gymnasium and additional classroom seats to relieve overcrowding. The new wing will be built adjacent to the current gymnasium wing facing St. Marks Place. It will include 360 classroom seats, including 11 regular classrooms, a competition gym and other specialty rooms, such as a dance room and music room, according to DOE. Currently there are portable classrooms on the site, in an area previously used as the school’s tennis courts.
“Teaching our students to be the future thinkers and leaders of our global society and preparing them for success in college and careers will be integral themes to focus our work at Curtis both inside and outside the classroom,” Jaenicke said.
Tim Gannon, now principal of Port Richmond High School, who worked with Jaenicke when the two taught math and coached basketball together at Curtis, said he was “thrilled” for his colleague.
“I think he’s the perfect choice for for Curtis. He knows the school and community, works hard, loves the kids and will work well with the faculty. People don’t just work for him, they want to work with him,” Gannon said.
Jaenicke lives in West Brighton with his wife and three children.