The William Floyd School District has appointed Deborah Gurney to the position of Director of Student Services, a role in which she will provide management and leadership in the areas of K-12 student services, supervision of the Central Registration office, districtwide attendance and more. She will report to Dr. Stacey Scalise, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Instruction, Administration and Pupil Personnel Services.
Mrs. Gurney has served in various positions throughout her nearly 20-year educational career including 11 as a special education teacher in the South Country School District, and the last eight as an assistant principal in the South Country, Deer Park and William Floyd school districts. She joined William Floyd in September 2010 as an assistant principal at William Paca Middle School before transferring to William Floyd High School in the same capacity from July 2011 through October 2017.
“I am excited to advance my career at William Floyd, which has come to feel like home to me,” said Mrs. Gurney. “I am looking forward to welcoming our new families to the district in a different capacity. I’m eager to share our accomplishments and the wonderful programs the district has to offer to our new community residents. I want parents and prospective students to leave the Central Registration office saying, ‘Wow! I am excited about attending the William Floyd School District!’”
“Mrs. Gurney brings a wealth of educational experience as well as vast institutional knowledge of the William Floyd School District to the position,” said Dr. Scalise. “Her leadership and interpersonal skills will help our new families continue to feel welcome and she will be an asset in helping our students succeed and get across the stage at graduation.”
“In her short time in this new role, Deb has already demonstrated an astute understanding of the magnitude of the responsibilities and the leverage that position holds to our students and community,” said Dr. Scalise. “We are excited to work with her as she grows in her role as director of student services.”
Mrs. Gurney earned a Bachelor of Arts in Child Study/Elementary Education at St. Joseph’s College, a Master of Science in Special Education at Dowling College and a Post-Masters Advanced Graduate Certification Program for Administration at Stony Brook University. She also holds permanent New York State certifications in Elementary Education, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Grades 1-6 and Special Education K-12 from St. Joseph’s College and her School District Administrative certificate from Stony Brook University.