Science Supervisor Named Administrator of the Year
At left, Ms. Janna Ostroff, K-12 Supervisor of Science and Technology for Instruction, is pictured with colleagues Mr. Joseph Pesqueira, K-12 Social Studies Supervisor, left, and Dr. Ryan O’Hara, K-12 Supervisor of English Language Arts, Reading and Library Media, who nominated her for the award; and Mr. Albert H. Voorneveld, President of the Council of Administrators and Supervisors. At right, Ms. Ostroff is surrounded by her teaching staff at Oyster Bay High school.
Ms. Janna Ostroff, K-12 Supervisor of Science and Technology for Instruction for the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District, was named Administrator of the Year by the Council of Administrators and Supervisors.
The award recognizes her work in bringing the science department to new levels of success and in leading the rollout of the District’s 1:1 technology initiative with the goal of putting a mobile device in the hands of every student to use as a primary instructional tool.
“I am honored and humbled to be recognized with this award,” Ms. Ostroff said, “and I am truly grateful to my peers for supporting me as an effective administrator for this District.”
Ms. Ostroff was nominated for the award by her colleagues, Dr. Ryan O’Hara, K-12 Supervisor of English Language Arts, Reading and Library Media, and Mr. Joseph Pesqueira, K-12 Supervisor of Social Studies, who described her an “incredible colleague who goes above and beyond for students and staff.”
“[Ms. Ostroff’s] intellect is apparent,” Dr. O’Hara said. “She quickly frames (and often reframes) problems, and understands how to make the system fit what the students need rather than make the student fit what the system needs. This is evidenced in the many science options and the high enrollment and success in science courses.”
To her credit, Ms. Ostroff has produced performance and participation index results in science that greatly outpace the Nassau County average, particularly in physics, while fostering the love of science for all students with a variety of programs and traditions. Among them are STEM Night, where elementary students participate in a host of interactive activities related to science, technology, engineering and math, often assisted by the District’s high school students. In 2018, she launched the District’s first Science Symposium at Oyster Bay High School, providing an opportunity for high-achieving science students, including those working under the tutelage of scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, to present their science research projects to families and staff. The event also features local scientists as guest speakers who share their research in their respective fields and offer advice to aspiring scientists.
As a leader in technology, Ms. Ostroff has played an integral role in transforming the District into a vibrant, digital learning environment. Skillfully working with lead teachers in each school to implement the technology rollout, she coordinated professional development opportunities for staff and worked to optimize resources to support the expansion districtwide.
A member of the District’s administrative team for seven years, Ms. Ostroff serves as vice president of the administrator’s union and formerly served as president.
“She is a good friend to her colleagues and staunchly advocates for her teachers,” Dr. O’Hara added. “Our team is very lucky to have her.”