NORWALK, Conn. —Norwalk Public Schools has a new leader for its Special Education department.
The Board of Education on Saturday unanimously approved the appointment of Yvette Goorevitch, M.Ed., to be the new Chief of Specialized Learning and Student Services.
“We are very pleased, honored really, to have somebody of her caliber and personal accomplishments join us in Norwalk,” Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski said at the BoE special meeting in the Maritime Aquarium.
Gooveritch was named Special Education Administrator of the Year by the New York Council of Administrators of Special Education (NYCASE) in 2016. She comes to Norwalk after 26 years as the Director of Special and Alternative Education for the City of New Rochelle, N.Y.
BoE Chairman Mike Lyons mentioned Gooveritch’s degrees and her 2016 award, but commented that he was “most impressed” by a letter of recommendation from a New Rochelle Special Education parent because, “It’s clear that we need somebody who knows how to work with parents… when the angry parent writes the letter like that you have proven that you have the ability to work with our parents.”
The meeting followed day one of the BoE’s retreat, where Gooveritch made a “very detailed and forward looking presentation,” Lyons said.
“It was very encouraging to see that Yvette has already thoroughly studied things like the CREC (Capital Region Education Council) report, our three-year plan to rebuild Special Education, and was literally on the ground running before, as I said, we even voted,” Lyons said.
Gooveritch promised to make decisions for Norwalk children as if those decisions were being made for her own grandchild.
“I am really excited by the challenges and I am really inspired by your vision,” Gooveritch said. “So, I just thank you. I think with Dr. Adamowski’s leadership and your fabulous senior leadership team in Special Ed Department, we are poised to deliver the best services to specialized children in the state of Connecticut. I am really honored to be with you.”
An abridged version of Yvette Gooverich’s resume:
September 1991 to present:
City School District of New Rochelle, NY Director of Special and Alternative Education
August 1987 to September 1991
District Administrator of Special Education
New York City Department of Education – District 7
September 1979 to July 1987
Chairperson – Committee on Special Education New York City Department of Education – District 7
Special Education Teacher – Readiness Program New York City Department of Education
Special Education Teacher
New York Department of Education
1981-1992, Advanced Ed.D Coursework, Teacher’s College, Columbia University, Supervision and Administration
1981, M.Ed., Teacher’s College, Columbia University, Supervision and Administration, Special Education
1978, M.S., Teacher’s College, Columbia University, Special Education
1975, B.S., Brooklyn College, Psychology
Professional Committee, Boards and Awards:
1980, President of CEC- Featherstone Chapter at Teacher’s College
1989-1990, Chairperson – New York City Board of Education Continuum Review Committee Appointed by the Commissioner to chair the committee including representatives from the State Education Department, Parents, Community Organizations and Union Representatives charged with developing programs for students with disabilities consistent with NYS Requirements.
1990-1992, Member, NYS Commissioner of Education’s Preschool Special Education Advisory
2010-2013, Co-President, Council of New York State Special Education
2013-2015, Treasurer, Council of New York State Special Education Adminstrators
2010-2015, Member, CASE National Board of Directors Member,
2013-2015, Member, New York State ESEA Waiver Committee
2013-2015, Member, NYS Coalition for Alternative Pathways to Graduation Committee
2013-Present, Member, Board of Trustee, Larchmont Temple
2013-Present, Chair, Ritual Committee, Larchmont Temple
2016, New York State Special Education Administrator of the Year (NY-CASE)
2017-Present, Member, State Rehabilitation Council -Appointed by Board of Regents