Maricel Goldman Named Director of Special Services for District 13

July 22, 2021

Maricel Goldman Joins VSUFSD Thirteen Administration as Director of Special Services

The Valley Stream Union Free School District Thirteen is pleased to announce that it has appointed Maricel Goldman, a devoted administrator and educator with over 15 years of experience in the education field, as the District’s new director of special services. She will succeed Lisa Sells-Asch, who recently retired after 32 years serving as assistant superintendent of special services.  

“Mrs. Goldman is committed to improving outcomes for students with disabilities while empowering their families and the communities she serves,” said Dr. Constance Evelyn, superintendent of Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen. “Her leadership and expertise in special services will continue to elevate the educational excellence of our District and we are pleased to welcome her to the administrative team.”

Prior to her appointment as director of special services, Mrs. Goldman served as coordinator of pupil personnel services in the Roosevelt Union Free School District. Mrs. Goldman also spent more than a decade as a bilingual special education teacher and advocate for students with disabilities. While working in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in New York City, she took on the role of IEP coordinator, school liaison, professional development facilitator, and pupil personnel committee leader.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen community and further build upon the inclusive environment that this District is known for,” said Mrs. Goldman. “I am looking forward to working with students, parents, and educators to ensure that each student has every opportunity available to them and has their own individual needs met.” 

Mrs. Goldman’s extensive educational experience also includes serving as the supervisor for the regional special education technical assistance support center for Nassau BOCES. In this capacity, she provided technical assistance and professional development to districts identified as in need of focused and coordinated intervention by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). She supervised a team of coordinators who helped districts obtain compliance status relative to Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA) standards.