About

Leadership

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HEAD OF
SCHOOL
John Rankin

John Rankin 
Interim Head of School

John Rankin assumed the role as Interim Head of School in July 2023. Rankin began his tenure at Poly in 1985 as a member of the English faculty, eventually becoming department chair. During his time at the school, he has been advisor to the award-winning school newspaper, The Polygon, and was twice named a New York State outstanding teacher. He has also served as academic dean and assistant head of school. In 2020, he developed the school’s inaugural Grade 12 Philosophy Seminar which he continues to teach in Poly’s Upper School.


LEADERSHIP

Sarah Bates

Sarah Bates
Head of Upper School

Lynda Casserella

Lynda Casarella
Chief Financial Officer

Peggy Cook

Peggy Cook 
Chief Advancement Officer

Richard Corso

Richard Corso 
Head of Athletics

Daniel Doughty

Daniel Doughty
Head of Middle School

Kyle Graham

Kyle Graham P’37 
Associate Head of School

Michal Hershkovitz P’16, ’18

Michal Hershkovitz P’16, ’18 
Assistant Head of School, Academics

Erika Freeman

Erika Freeman, P’24, 26, 28, 32
Chair of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Charles Polizano P’18
Head of Technology

Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson
Head of Arts

Rebekah Sollitto

Rebekah Sollitto P’29, ’32
Assistant Head of School, Strategic Initiatives

Matt Stelluto

Matt Stelluto
Head of Operations

Francis Yasharian

Francis Yasharian P’36 
Head of Lower School


BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Officers
Chair: Andrew Foote P’27, ’29
Vice Chair: Laurie T. Rosenblatt P’23, ’26
Treasurer: Kareem Raymond P’31, ’33 
Secretary: Jennifer Powers P’26,’28

Board Members
Indhira Arrington P’29, ’31
Michael A. Correra ’87
John P. Foley P’26
Hans Humes P’12, 15, ’21, ’35
Thomas Iannelli ’82, P’18, ’19, ’24
Taek-Geun Kwon P’32


Michael Liburd P’21
John D. McPheters P’33
Elizabeth R. Schlesinger P’28, ’30, ’32
Irwin Simon P’18, ’22
Daniela Vitale-Howell P’20, ’23, ’25
Maxwell T. Wiley P’18, ’21

Board Member, Non-Trustee
Jared Hedglin ’09 (Pres. Alumni Board of Governors)

Trustees Emeriti
Dr. Karen Burke Goulandris P’15
Harry J. Petchesky, Esq. ’55

Organized as a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of the State of New York and granted 501(c)3 status by the IRS, Poly Prep Country Day School is governed by a Board of Trustees, consisting of alumni and parent volunteers, who provide strategic oversight and ensure that Poly Prep fulfills its educational mission.  The Board meets approximately once every two months throughout the school year.  Through Board committees—ranging from Education and Co-Curriculars to Development and Finance—the Board has frequent and regular campus contact with parents, alumni, and school administrators.

Poly Prep also benefits from the active support of a Parents’ Association, and its Alumni Association and its Board of Governors.

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