Buckley Appoints New Head of Upper School

In an email to the Buckley community on January 18, Head of School Dr. Jean-Marc Juhel announced the appointment of Dr. Dean Schlanger as Buckley’s new Head of Upper School. 
 
Dr. Schlanger started his career in education as a Middle School guidance counselor in the Levittown School District and then the Herricks School District. He went on to become the Assistant Principal and then Principal of the High School in the Hauppauge School District. During his tenure in Hauppauge, he was also a lecturer at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in the School of Professional Development. For the past sixteen years, Dr. Schlanger has been the Principal of the Manhasset Secondary School serving grades 7-12. 
 
Dr. Schlanger grew up in Philadelphia -as an Eagles fan!- where he attended GW Carver High School of Engineering & Science. He then graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Education, with a focus on Counseling. Dr. Schlanger went back to school for two other degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University: a Master of Science in Education and a Doctorate in Educational Administration. 

The Search Committee reviewed many applicant dossiers for the position of Head of Upper School and were ready for a more protracted process. After they had a chance to interview Dr. Schlanger, however, it became clear that they had found the educational leader we had been looking for. Dr. Schlanger brings years of demonstrated successful experience working with students, faculty, and families to Buckley. He possesses the kind of acquired intuition that comes from the depth and breadth of experience. Yet, his growth mindset is evident and compelling. He is an expert at building engaged communities and fostering a school culture defined by academic excellence and student wellness. In speaking with the Superintendent of Manhasset, a Manhasset Board of Education member, and a parent, former President of the Manhasset SCA, the same themes kept coming back: Dr. Schlanger is driven by an unwavering commitment to excellence; he is student focused, approachable, always visible, and involved in all aspects of school life; he is a community builder respected by all constituent groups. One reference commented that “it’s not just a job for him - it’s about being part of a community.” 

Dr. Schlanger will officially start in his new position at Buckley on September 1. Until that time, Dr. Juhel will work with him to support his transition to our school. There will be several opportunities for members of the community to meet Dr. Schlanger throughout the spring.

Dr. Juhel closed by expressing his deep gratitude to the members of the Search Committee (Mr. Aldeanueva, Mrs. Fortuna, Dr. Glennon, Mrs. Jean-Paul, Mrs. Lyons, Mrs. Miseo, Mr. Persaud) and the very thoughtful members of the 2022-2023 Student Council (Adli Abdel-Misih,  Eden Clarkson, Nicholas Datterdeen, Sophie Lee, Sarp Li, George Georgelis, Joshua Nazaire, Naiah Otero, Joselin Reyes, Aaron Spence). 

Please join us in offering a warm welcome to Dr. Schlanger.
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