The Commack Board of Education has appointed Mr. Paul K. Schmelter as the interim principal at Burr Intermediate School. Former principal Rhonda Pratt has returned to her previous position in West Islip Schools.
A graduate of Stony Brook University, Mr. Schmelter was a political science major and received his Masters Degree in Social Studies Education. He also earned his Educational Leadership certification at Stony Brook. He began his teaching career in private schools, and joined the Commack team in 1998. In addition to teaching, Mr. Schmelter served as a dean of discipline at the middle school, and as the Director of the Commack Teacher Center from its inception until 2012, when he became an assistant principal.
“Mr. Schmelter is a very well-respected and experienced academic leader in this District,” said Superintendent Dr. Donald James. “He is the consummate professional, and knows this District and its students.”
Mr. Schmelter lives in Huntington with his wife and two children. He recently completed his first skydiving jump, visited the Grand Canyon, and is empowered to keep checking things off of his ever expanding bucket list. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead the team at Burr. I am really looking forward to working with the students, staff and parents at this amazing school.”
Mr. Schmelter will serve as the interim principal at Burr until a search process is completed.