NEW YORK STATE MIDDLE SCHOOL OFFICERS
President: Stephen Parker Zielinski
Steve Parker Zielinski has been a middle school educator since 1994. He has experience teaching both science and math in 7th and 8th grade, and has worked as a Building Principal at the Middle School and High School levels. He is currently serving as the Superintendent for the South Seneca Central School District in Seneca County, NY. At the state level, Steve has served as Middle Level Liaison since 2006, and has also worked on the NYSMSA Board as both the NYSMSA Vice President and the Region IV Director. He served as Co-Chair for the NYSMSA Annual State Conference in Watkins Glen in 2009. He has been part of the planning committee for the state’s Middle Level Summit in Albany in 2009 and 2010, and has worked as a paper reviewer and site visitor for the Essential Elements: Schools to Watch program. Steve is known as a passionate advocate for Middle Level programs and students, and is a consistent voice in New York State promoting the State Education Department’s Essential Elements for Standards-Focused Middle Level Schools and Programs.
NYSMSA Historian: Mark Fish
Mark Fish is the Superintendent of the Greenwich Central School District. Prior to that he was the principal of the Oliver W. Winch Middle School, a charter “School-To-Watch” in New York State. He previously chaired a regional Middle Level Principal’s group and was a long time SED Middle Level Liaison representing the Washington, Saratoga, Warren, Hamilton, and Essex County (WSWHE) BOCES. In 2010 he was honored as New York State Middle School Principal of the Year. Mark was the co-chair of the NYSMSA local conference committee for Saratoga 2007 and Saratoga 2011. He served the NYSMSA Board as a Regional Director, Secretary and Vice President prior to becoming the NYSMSA Historian.
Past President & Director of PD: Linda Ruest
Linda Ruest, a former M-L educator, currently serves as Instructional Specialist for PD in Williamsville CSD. Prior to that, she was a consultant in the areas of middle-level education and school reform. Linda has a strong commitment to providing NYS middle-level students with learning experiences that incorporate research-based strategies with rich, rigorous content. She designs her workshops around her belief that developmental responsiveness need not be sacrificed in order to ensure College Career Readiness in our M-L students; in fact it is necessary. As Conference Director, Linda has oversight over the Annual Conference, as well as regional workshops and institutes.
Secretary: Dr. John Christie
Dr. John Christie is principal at Dayton Avenue School in Manorville, NY. For the past several years he has worked to implement developmentally responsive middle-level program components with faculty and staff. He has conducted research on NCLB, High-Stakes Assessment and the impact both have on Middle School. He has also published and presented research on Advisory and the Essential Elements: School to Watch program. He holds an earned Doctorate from Dowling College in Educational Administration, Leadership, and Technology. Prior to Christie's role as secretary, he served as the Region 8 Direction for the association.
Treasurer: Scott Singer
Since 2012, Scott Singer has been an Assistant Principal at Maple Avenue Middle School in the Saratoga Springs City School District. He also has experience as an grade 9 Assistant Principal at Saratoga Springs High School. Prior to becoming an Assistant Principal, he was a Special Education teacher, as well as, Social Studies Department Chair at Maple Avenue Middle School. Scott is currently on the planning committee for the 2017 NYSMSA Conference at Maple Avenue MS in Saratoga Springs, NY. He’s been a member of the NYSMSA Board of Directors since 2011.
Director of Schools to Watch: TBD
Director of Research and Technology: Jeff Craig
Jeff Craig is the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at the Cortland Enlarged City School District. For NYSMSA, he's been the Director of Research and Technology, Webmaster, Regional Director, and Local Conference Chair of the 2000, 2005, and 2008 state conferences. Jeff works with individuals, schools, and districts across New York State with leadership, the Essential Elements, and the development of flexible block schedules.
SED Liason: Christine Radez
Essential Elements: Schools-to-Watch Principal: Bruce MacBain
Bruce MacBain is the principal of Moravia Middle School which recently earned the highly acclaimed Essential Elements: School to Watch status. MacBain was named him Middle School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State.