• Pierce White, Grade 6

    Mr. White

    The Rochester native assumed the role as assistant principal for sixth graders at the middle school Jan. 8 after being a social studies teacher for more than a decade. It’s his first position as an administrator since attaining his master’s degree to be a school administrator from Hunter College in 2023 Mr.  White previously taught high school social studies in Harlem for three-and-a-half years, was a middle school social studies teacher in Brooklyn for seven years and a social studies teacher at Washington, D.C. for two years. Mr. White plans to use this knowledge from the classroom into his new role at Poughkeepsie!


    Felicia Schinella, Grade 7



    I am a lifelong Dutchess County resident and proud mother of 3 adult children and 3 amazing grandchildren with a heavy emphasis on the importance of family and community.  My career in education started over 30 years ago here in the Poughkeepsie City School district where I was born and raised before getting married to my high school sweetheart and joining him across the world from Germany to Kansas and back home as a military wife and family.  From a very early age, I was drawn to the helping profession but didn’t know I would return to my home district. I was a rough student who struggled both behaviorally and academically. There were many teachers and mentors here in Poughkeepsie who helped to mold me not only as a student but as a person. I surely did not forget this. Without them, I could never have made it through. From my personal and professional experiences over the years, I know I wanted to work in the district I so loved.

    I have devoted over 30 years as an accomplished educational Administrator/Leader.  Most of my years were right here in the Poughkeepsie City School District. I have been part of the driving force in promoting academic excellence for all learners. I am a highly motivated leader who has worked and 3 large city school districts with expertise not only in school building and district leadership, but also as a very active school social worker. I have built relationships within many districts and the community. I greatly support growth through student-centered effective and transformational leadership, school and community engagement, and the unrelenting pursuit to achieve greater school outcomes for our students.

    I have advanced over my career through progressively responsible positions while delivering significant and sustainable success, including but not limited to growth at the building leadership level, curriculum and instruction, assessments, professional development and staff supervision. I’m honored to share all the various positions I have held; Teacher’s Assistant, 1:1 Aide, Teacher Substitute, School Social Worker, Audit of Curriculum Coordinator, Asst. Principal, Principal, Executive Director of Student Services and Pupil Personnel, Director of Special Education, Asst. Director of SPED, Interim Executive Director for School and Family Engagement, Instructional Leader For SPED/CSE.

    Some notable contributions and programs include:

    ·       Improved graduation rate by 9% in one year – Credit Recovery Program

    ·       Oversaw SLC Grant and yearly budget

    ·       Initiated NovaNET virtual Learning Lab for students needing make-up credits to graduate

    ·       Transformation Team member, PBIS Team member

    ·       NYS Regents Review Coordinator, Saturday School Coordinator

    ·       College Liaison – Bridge Program, Created PHS Character Counts Initiative

    ·       Assisted in Creating (PLCT) Professional Learning Community Time for all teachers

    ·       Assisted in Implementing Advisories for all PHS students, AIS and Career Academy Programs

    In addition to my professional achievements, I have actively participated in many community-based initiatives, parent engagement programs, and collaborative efforts with local organizations, including the area colleges. As I look back on my distinguished career, I feel fulfilled and grateful to have been able to give back to my community and the district that made me the well-rounded and committed educator that I am today. I have a true commitment to the success of our scholars in Poughkeepsie City School District. Not only their academic success, but also their entire educational experience and development of social and civic excellence for all our scholars.  By connecting our students and families with programs and services that meet the needs of the whole child/student, we will ensure their well-being mentally, socially, and emotionally as they work toward fulfilling their academic goals and future endeavors.  I will bleed blue forever!  It’s a privilege and an honor.  


    Julliet Coxum,  Grade 8


    I am an African American leader with over 30 years of experience in education.  I am dedicated to excellence and have worked tirelessly to create a positive change within the Poughkeepsie City School District.  My passion for student empowerment, community engagement, and educational innovation has defined my career.  I have held various roles in elementary and higher education, as well as in New York State education administrative offices.

    As an instructional leader, I have been a champion of initiatives that prioritize student needs and foster critical thinking, which has ignited a love for learning in students.  I have also advocated for equity and inclusivity, bridging gaps and cultivating a culture of respect and understanding among students, families, and staff members. 

    I have served as both Assistant Principal and Principal, leaving an indelible mark on every facet of school operations.  I have expertise in program development, staff supervision, community outreach, and budget management, which has allowed me to navigate complex educational landscapes with finesse and efficacy. 

    My leadership is centered on a profound commitment to student success and well-being.  I approach each challenge with empathy, integrity, and an unwavering belief in the transformative power of education.  Through my guidance and mentorship, I have empowered educators to embrace best practices, leverage data-driven insights, and create inclusive learning environments that inspire excellence. 

    Currently, I serve as an Assistant Principal at Poughkeepsie Middle School.  I continue redefining the boundaries of educational excellence and fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and academic achievement.  My impact resonates far beyond the confines of the classroom, embodying the essence of leadership and service in pursuing educational equity and excellence.