Rochester City School District names new deputy superintendents

Two new deputy superintendents will begin their work in the Rochester City School District this summer.

Cecilia Griffin Golden, formerly the executive director of education for Hillside Family of Agencies, replaced Linus Guillory as deputy superintendent of teaching and learning as of July 1. She will oversee curriculum, instruction and assessment as well as professional learning, and she will supervise the executive directors of family engagement, special education, bilingual education, student support services, career and technical education, the academic departments, and the office of leadership development.

Golden previously worked in the district as a reading specialist, a secondary-school assistant principal, an elementary-school principal and as chief academic officer. She also is a former chief executive officer with YMCA Pittsburgh and Volunteers of America based in Washington, D.C., and served as assistant provost at Southern A&M University.

Golden has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish education from the SUNY Geneseo, a master’s degree in teaching English as a second language/bilingual education from SUNY Albany and a doctorate in social foundations from the University of Buffalo.

Elizabeth Mascitti-Miller will serve as deputy superintendent of administration beginning Aug. 8 and will replace Lawrence “Bo” Wright, who is now superintendent for the Rush-Henrietta Central School District.

Mascitti-Miller will lead district- and school-level master planning for the Path Forward, oversee district and department annual strategic plans, and supervise such major initiatives as community schools. She will provide leadership for the offices of accountability, placement, technology, innovation, institutional advancement and the “At Your Service” program.

Mascitti-Miller is a lifelong educator who has served as the chief of the Superintendent’s Receivership Schools and Innovation since November 2016. Previously, she was a senior consultant with Cross & Joftus, now FourPoint Education Partners, an education consulting firm, and also served as chief education officer for the Chicago Public School’s Office of Early Childhood Education.

In Rochester, Mascitti-Miller also has worked as a special education teacher, director of a preschool program for children with special needs, building administrator and principal of World of Inquiry School No. 58, which won the National Change, Excellence in Urban Education and National Blue Ribbon School awards.

She graduated from Syracuse University and received her doctorate from St. John Fisher College. She was recognized with the Benjamin O. Canada Change Leader Award, 2015, Betsy McIsaac Leadership Award, and the Rochester Education Fund’s Educator Award.

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