Chatting with Chapey
by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader
Dr. Michael Costelloe Honored by Xaverian
Dr. Michael Costelloe recently received an outstanding achievement award from Xaverian on Sunday.
Dr. Costelloe is currently a professor at Brooklyn College - CUNY, in the School of Education. He teaches courses in the Educational Administration and Supervision certificate program including theory, supervision, management, school community relations, internship seminars and field supervision of interns. Dr. Costelloe’s work in preparing administrators to take their place in the schools is particularly important at this critical juncture in our New York City Education Department. Everyone recognizes that a motivated and qualified coach is essential in football and baseball. It is equally important in the schools. The school administrators and supervisors are literally the coaches in the schools. They set the tone and standards for their educational community.
The New York State Board of Regents has been highlighting the need for effective leadership in the schools. The Regents have been holding hearings around the state where they are listening to and talking with all of the partners in the educational community. As a result of these hearings the Regents is preparing a policy statement on leadership.
Dr. Costelloe served in a variety of leadership positions. Dr. Costelloe was a member and chairman of the Board of Examiners. The Board of Examiners oversaw all aspects of examinations for teachers, administrators, supervisors and other pedagogical personnel including job analysis, test development, administration, ratings and appeals as well as legal matters and medical and physical examinations.
Dr. Costelloe also served as the principal at John Dewey High School. This involved administering and supervising a large innovative urban high school having over three thousand students and a staff of over two hundred teachers, supervisors and non-pedagogical personnel.
On the national level Dr. Costelloe served as the co-chair of the National Collaborative of Public and Non-Public Schools. His responsibilities included the planning and implementation of a national center at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York for public and non-public schools collaboration in twenty major communities. Dr. Costelloe was also involved in obtaining foundation support, proposal writing, budgeting and public relations activities. The National Conference sponsored an annual national conference of public and non-public school officials from participating school systems.
As one can ascertain from the above, Dr. Costelloe’s current professional affiliation as a professor in the School of Education at Brooklyn College CUNY has been enhanced by his supervisory, administrative and teaching responsibilities at the New York City Board of Education. He brings a unique perspective to his classes. He has insight and vision which comes with extensive credentials and experience.
Costelloe is married to Flora O’Neill Costelloe who is an educational professional in her own right. Flora Costelloe served as a bi-lingual teacher in the schools. She speaks Spanish fluently. She also was an administrator and supervisor in testing and evaluation. Currently she teaches foreign language at CUNY.
Kudos to Michael and Flora Costelloe.
Please join us on Wednesday, April 30th at 12 Noon for our first annual fund raiser at Russo’s on the Bay at 162-45 Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach. The purpose of the fund raiser is to raise money to continue the Trinity programs - the van program and an intergenerational after school program. Tickets are $40.00 per person. Please call (718) 474-1641 to make a reservation.