Tarrytown Public Schools announced today that Brand Deborah was appointed director of Sleepy Hollow High School. A longtime educator, Ms. Brand joins the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery Central School District in Orange County, New York, where she has been a high school principal since 2017. In her role, she was instrumental in bringing implementing a STEM program through a Robotics Club, AP Calculus BC, and an AP research and workshop coordination program with the United States Military Academy at West Point. Ms. Brand has also overseen improving school culture through Safe School Ambassadors (a nationally accredited, student-based anti-bullying initiative), a student advisory committee, a student diversity panel , the school’s embellishment and culture committee, programs to recognize restorative justice practices.
Previously, Ms. Brand was Assistant Principal of Yorktown High School in Yorktown Heights, NY, for four years. There she supervised and assessed English and Social Studies teachers in General and Special Education, the Guidance Department and the Music Department, among other responsibilities. Earlier in her career, Ms. Brand taught English, supervised the Humanities Department, served as the Director of the English Department, and coached basketball at several schools in New York, Louisiana and New Jersey. .
“We are delighted that Ms. Brand is joining our administrative team as the new principal of Sleepy Hollow High School,” said Superintendent Chris Borsari. “Her extensive experience in the classroom and as an administrator, combined with her leadership in several priority areas in our district, makes her an ideal addition to our district and I look forward to his partnership.
Ms Brand says that everyone she spoke to during the interview process expressed
immense pride for the school, the district and the community. “The neighborhood embraces the idea
that growth and improvement are essential to meet the challenges that students and
families are facing today, ”Ms. Brand said. “This kind of mindset reflects mine as an educator and
as a person. Hope I can help Sleepy Hollow High School and Tarrytown UFSD
meet the needs of all of our stakeholders, and look forward to learning with and with the people of
Ms. Brand has made professional development an ongoing priority for herself and holds several licenses and memberships, including membership in the Association for Curriculum and Supervision Development and Kappa Delta Pi. She has also taken courses on differentiation of teaching for English language learners.
Ms. Brand received her BA in English with a Minor in Education from Vassar College, a Masters in Educational Administration and Supervision from Rutgers University and a Certificate in Educational Administration and School District Leadership from Canisius College. in Buffalo, NY. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership at CUNY – Hunter College, NY.
Ms. Brand takes over the post of Dr Tracey Smith who will leave the district at the end of the 2020-2021 school year.