Welcome Letter from Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore

Dear Liberty Central School District Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members:

I would like to take this opportunity to officially say I am honored and excited to be selected as your next Superintendent of Schools.

My guiding principle as your Superintendent is based on the belief that every child can and will attain the education and skills necessary to achieve their dreams of a meaningful and bright future in today’s fast-paced world.

Our focus in the district remains constant. We believe all children can learn. We care about each and every student, and we aim to show it by providing our best efforts as teachers, administrators, mentors and advocates to our entire student population.

To that end, I would like to share a glimpse inside the three frameworks that the district will use as guidance in shaping Liberty to be the best school district it has ever been.

1. Professional Learning Communities

I firmly believe that successful educators achieve growth when they collaborate and learn from each other. What this means for Liberty, in short, is that from now on, our educators will meet regularly, share their successes and “lessons learned” and work collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students.

2. Behavioral Supports

The district has always held to the assertion every learner needs academic, social, emotional and behavioral support. Our district’s multi-tiered support system (MTSS) will continue to grow this school year, and each building will work harder in addressing the needs of the whole child with more intention, intervention and customized support.

3.  Technology

Liberty will now look to the Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition (SAMR) Model developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura as a framework for planning meaningful digital learning experiences that are transformative. The SAMR Model helps teachers plan and reflect on the technology experiences they are offering students. The goal is to plan lessons that are transformative to learning rather than ones that just enhance the learning experience when possible.

I am excited about what is to come and I hope that you are too. Delivering excellence is still our top priority and I look forward to achieving that goal together.

Yours in education,

Dr. Tornatore