We have a new principal because the former principal, Dr. Ferris, got a job to become the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction in the Wantagh school district.
Mr. Dennis earned his BA in Spanish/Italian/Secondary Education from Providence College. Later, he got his MA in Romance Languages from Stony Brook University.
First, he began his educational career as a world language teacher at Northport High School. Then he moved to Old Bethpage and become the district Chairman of World Languages and English as a New Language (ENL). After a short time, he became the Assistant Principal of Old Bethpage Middle School. Now he’s is the principal of North Shore Middle School, and having Mr. Dennis is a good thing for our community.
Here are the questions the Viking Voice asked Mr. Dennis:
Q: Why did you want to become the Principal of North Shore Middle School, and how do you feel about being the principal of North Shore Middle School now?
A: I wanted to become the principal of NSMS because this is a terrific school. I believe strongly in the E3 philosophy of the school culture and respect and admire the variety of strong academic and enrichment programs offered to students.
Q: What do you like the most about NSMS?
A: The friendliness of everyone who is a part of the building – the students, the teachers, the staff members, and the parents. The students are very involved with the school and have an important voice in shaping a lot of decisions for the future.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do as the principal?
A: I love spending time with students. I have had pizza lunches with several groups of students to get to know them more and to learn about what is important to them.
Q: What things do you want to accomplish as the principal?
A: It is really important that I spend time listening to students, teachers, and parents to learn what is valued in this school. I want to ensure that we work as a team to continue to make our school the unique place that it is.
Q: What are your favorite things to do outside of school?
A: I love to spend time with my family. I have a one year old daughter who keeps my wife and I very busy on the weekends.
Q: What other languages do you know?
A: I used to teach Spanish and Italian. When I was in college I studied in Spain and Italy for a year. I also studied French and Japanese, and would like to learn Arabic in the future.
Q: Why did you want to become a world language teacher?
A: I love the impact that knowing another language has: you can communicate with so many other people. Also, my middle school Spanish teacher inspired me to become a language teacher.
Q: What do you miss about teaching students?
A: I miss the daily interaction with a set group of students. Teachers have such an important responsibility, that is, to help to shape the minds of tomorrow’s leaders. I am fortunate that as a principal, I work with a lot of students on a broader and more global scale, and that is the best part of my job.
Our new principal, Mr. Dennis, is very busy, but he had the time to answer questions about his career and his personal time. This shows that he is very caring and friendly towards the students and to the teachers in this school. Also it’s shows that he is a very intelligent person, good at telling jokes to other people. Lastly he is very funny. We feel very happy that he had the time to answer the questions about his career on his personal time.
He is very happy to become our principal because he says, “I wanted to become the principal of NSMS because this is a terrific school. I believe strongly in the E3 philosophy of the school culture and respect and admire the variety of strong academic and enrichment programs offered to students.”
What do you think about having Mr. Dennis around our school? We would be very happy if you would leave some comments on what you think about our article about our new principal, Mr. Dennis.