Honoring John Tuminaro, Principal of Tottenville High School on his retirement

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  • 31 / May / 2013
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
  • 04 / Jun / 2013

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring John Tuminaro, Principal of Tottenville
High School, upon the occasion of his retirement after nearly four
decades of distinguished service as an educator

WHEREAS, New York State's commitment to education is unparalleled; its
history and stature are secured by the superlative caliber of its educa-
tional professionals and the students they inspire; and
WHEREAS, It is the practice of this Legislative Body to take note of
and publicly acknowledge individuals of remarkable integrity and charac-
ter whose endeavors have enhanced the quality of education in this great
State; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor John
Tuminaro, Principal of Staten Island's Tottenville High School, upon the
occasion of his retirement after nearly 40 years as an educator; and
WHEREAS, John Tuminaro has spent nearly four decades as an educator
with the New York City Public Schools, the last 14 as the Principal of
Tottenville High School; he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History
from Wagner College, a Master of Science degree in Secondary Education
from Richmond College and graduate degrees in School Administration and
Supervision from The City University of New York; and
WHEREAS, John began his career as a teacher of social studies, first
at Susan Wagner High School and then at Tottenville High School; he
spent several years at Madison High School in Brooklyn, as both a teach-
er and as Dean of Students, and where he also established a center for
environmental studies in collaboration with Brooklyn College and the New
York City Council on the Environment; and
WHEREAS, He served as the Assistant Principal for Administration for
12 years at the High School of Telecommunication, Arts, and Technology
in Brooklyn before returning to Tottenville High School, where he was
appointed Principal in 1999; and
WHEREAS, At Tottenville, he has worked tirelessly with his Assistant
Principals, faculty and staff to ensure an inclusive educational envi-
ronment for all students; and
WHEREAS, Over the past several years, Tottenville High School has been
cited by the Anti Defamation League (ADL) as a Gold Star School for its
work in the No Place For Hate initiative, by the New York City Depart-
ment of Education as the winner of the Service In The Schools Award and,
Tottenville has been consistently recognized over the past several years
as one of the best high schools in New York City; and
WHEREAS, In addition to the school's many exemplary academic, athlet-
ic, and service programs, John Tuminaro is perhaps most proud of the
inclusive atmosphere which exists at Tottenville High School, which
includes programs for English Language Learners, students with special
needs, multiple inclusion programs, and a recognized ASD Program; and
WHEREAS, Over the last several years, Tottenville High School and its
students have, in addition, been privileged to partner with Families
Helping Families in providing support for its many important programs;
WHEREAS, The result of many individual efforts, the excellence and
success of Tottenville High School are due in large part to the efforts
of retiring Principal John Tuminaro; and
WHEREAS, John Tuminaro has demonstrated an impressive dedication, an
unparalleled devotion and an unremitting enthusiasm for the quality of
the educational programs and opportunities offered by Tottenville High
School for the benefit of its faculty and students, as well as for the
entire Staten Island community; and

WHEREAS, In completing his service to Tottenville High School, John
Tuminaro leaves behind more than bricks and mortar, he leaves behind a
legacy to the residents of the Tottenville High School and the Staten
Island community and to future generations of its students; and
WHEREAS, As members of the Staten Island community and his colleagues,
family and friends honor John Tuminaro, it is the sense of this Legisla-
tive Body to recognize milestones in the careers of outstanding educa-
tors such as John Tuminaro, whose dedication and achievements have been
instrumental in developing character and academic excellence in the
young people of Staten Island and New York State; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor John Tuminaro, Principal of Tottenville High School, upon the
occasion of his retirement, to commend him for his significant contrib-
utions to education in New York State, and to wish him well in his
retirement; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to John Tuminaro upon the occasion of his retirement after many
years of distinguished service as an educator.


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