School leadership changes announced – Ms. Diopoulos named principal at High School and Mr. Yapkowitz promoted to principal at Middle School


School leadership changes announced – Ms. Diopoulos named principal at High School and Mr. Yapkowitz promoted to principal at Middle School

May 25, 2023

Two familiar faces will soon become the next leaders of Warwick Valley High School and Warwick Valley Middle School. Middle School Principal Georgianna Diopoulos will become the principal of the High School, while Middle School Secondary Associate Principal Jared Yapkowitz will take over as the new principal of the Middle School. Ms. Diopoulos and Mr. Yapkowitz will assume their new roles on July 1, 2023.

Ms. Diopoulos has been serving as the principal of the Middle School for the past six years. During her tenure as the middle school principal, Ms. Diopoulos led several advancements, including the implementation of a new master schedule and the introduction of several new courses. She also oversaw significant building projects aimed at enhancing security, safety, and instructional spaces.

“Ms. Diopoulos’ assignment as high school principal is a tremendous asset to our district,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Leach. “Her infectious enthusiasm lends itself perfectly to the High School, while her established connections with students, families, and staff will ensure a smooth transition. Spend just a few minutes observing her interactions with our students, and you’ll witness their admiration and respect for her. With her leadership and experience, including leading two schools, the High School is primed for even more success.”

Before joining the Warwick Valley Central School District, Ms. Diopoulos worked as the principal of the Achievement School, Felix Festa Middle School, in the Clarkstown Central School District in Rockland County. She had also served as a Special Education Department chairperson at Felix Festa and as a mathematics facilitator for the New York City schools.

“Transitioning to the High School principal position is a remarkable opportunity to be able to grow alongside our students and expand our horizons together,” Ms. Diopoulos said. “High school is a pivotal time in the lives of our students and I am committed to providing unwavering support, guidance and leadership to ensure their success. I look forward to being able to continue to build strong relationships with our dedicated educators, passionate students, supportive parents, and our incredible community to continue to create a culture where every student feels valued, empowered and motivated to achieve their full potential.”

Mr. Yapkowitz will replace Ms. Diopoulos as principal at the Middle School. 

“I am thrilled to announce Mr. Yapkowitz’s appointment as the principal of our Middle School,” Dr. Leach said. “With his understanding of the district’s goals, adolescent development, and dedication to fostering a positive school culture, Mr. Yapkowitz is exceptionally equipped to lead our Middle School toward excellence. His commitment to family and community engagement, and his experience implementing Middle School-specific programs, will ensure a nurturing environment where students thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Mr. Yapkowitz has earned this opportunity, and he is deeply committed to our students.”

He has been the associate principal at the Middle School for the past five years. Prior to coming to Warwick, he had been a peer instructional coach and teacher in various capacities for the New York City schools.

“It has been an absolute honor and a pleasure serving the Warwick Valley community over the last five years and I am thankful for the relationships I have built with our staff, students and families,” Mr. Yapkowitz said. “I am passionate about helping middle school children grow and thrive, academically and socially emotionally, and I look forward to contributing to the continuing growth and success of all of our students and staff as principal of the Middle School.”

Marguerite Fusco, who joined the District in 2015 as assistant principal, will be leaving at the end of this school year. 

“Marguerite played an important role in implementing changes at the High School, such as overseeing a new master schedule,” Dr. Leach said. “After transitioning to the role of High School principal almost four years ago, Marguerite displayed excellent management skills, especially during the height of the pandemic. While most high schools were closed in the region, our High School remained open in September 2020. It brought a great sense of pride to the community and provided stability for our students when they needed it most. We wish her all the best.”

Georgianna Diopoulos and Jared Yapkowitz


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