Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen Welcomes Willow Road’s New Principal

October 30, 2023

Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen is pleased to announce the appointment of Cindy Gervasi as the new Principal of Willow Road Elementary School effective October 13, 2023. She will be taking over from Rosalie Ambrosio, who is retiring.

“We are thrilled to welcome Cindy Gervasi as the new Principal of Willow Road Elementary School,” said Dr. Judith LaRocca, Superintendent of Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen. “Her passion for education, combined with her leadership skills, make her the perfect person to lead Willow Road.” 

Ms. Gervasi brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to education to her new role. She has a proven track record of fostering academic excellence and creating a positive learning environment for students. Ms. Gervasi received her Bachelor of Arts in early childhood and elementary education and history from CUNY Queens College, a Master of Science in reading education from St. John’s University, a Certificate in Educational Leadership from Stony Brook University, and expected to receive her Ed.D.  in curriculum and instruction from American College of Education in 2026.

Ms. Gervasi, in expressing her excitement about her new position, stated, “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Willow Road. I look forward to working with the dedicated staff, students, and parents of Willow Road to ensure that every child receives the best possible education.”

Ms. Gervasi joined Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen in 2006 as a reading teacher at Howell Road Elementary School. In 2019, she moved to Wheeler Avenue Elementary School. Ms. Gervasi has facilitated grades K-4 DIBELS data review meetings; set progress monitoring goals to ensure student success; participated in BOCES Data Wise training in examining, interpreting, and analyzing school data; and was the instructional support team member/case manager responsible for reviewing student data, conducting assessments, and offering strategies for students as well as teachers.

In 2021, Ms. Gervasi was promoted to Literacy Coach for the district. She spearheaded a partnership with  Adelphi University in which graduate students provided small-group instruction to select second-grade students in the area of phonological awareness. She also facilitated district-wide development and implementation of fourth and fifth-grade writing units and provided district-wide family engagement sessions on topics including math and early learners. Ms. Gervasi served as the Acting Principal of Willow Road Elementary School in 2021. She has also served as Summer School Principal and Pre-K Coordinator in the district.