City Education Chancellor Names Veteran Educators as Deputies

January 29, 2014 Updated: October 8, 2018

NEW YORK—New York City Education Chancellor Carmen Fariña today announced the appointment of two key deputies.

Fariña selected Dorita Gibson as Senior Deputy Chancellor. Before this appointment, Gibson served as Deputy Chancellor for Equity and Access. In her 30-year career in education, Gibson was a teacher, principal, and superintendent. She rose to become one of the highest officials in the city’s Department of Education (DOE).

“I will lead by listening,” said Gibson, according to a DOE press release. “We’re taking a new tone and we plan to back it up with action.”

The chancellor’s second appointment was Phil Weinberg, former principal of the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology in Brooklyn. Weinberg will serve as Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning.

“The most important thing to a student’s success is the quality of a teacher, and all of my focus will be on developing and streamlining ways to enhance instruction,” Weinberg said.

His predecessor, Shael Polakow-Suransky, left earlier this month to become the president of Bank Street College.

Weinberg named Anna Commitante as his Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development (CIPD). Commitante previously served as a CIPD Deputy Cluster Leader.

In her new position, she will be responsible for helping schools with transition to the Common Core, a set of learning standards promising students better preparation for college and career. She will also direct professional development. Commitante is a former principal and teacher of gifted and talented students.

“Having three educators with such extraordinary expertise about our City’s schools will help us channel all of our energy into quality instruction,” Fariña said.

Follow Petr on Twitter: @petrsvab