MEET OUR ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM
Principal Siracuse began his teaching career in 2004 as a teacher at then P.S.176X, now P.S.596X ( P.S. 176X was divided into 2 schools due to it's large size). Having always had a strong passion for students with autism and special needs, Mr. Siracuse applied to the NYC Teaching Fellows program after graduating Fordham University. Mr. Siracuse completed a masters in special education through the NYC Teaching Fellows at Mercy College and a second masters in school leadership at the College of Saint Rose. Having worked as a teacher, a unit coordinator ( the year we opened our 498x site) and as an assistant principal, Mr. Siracuse absolutely loves the 596x school community and has a real interest in creative programming and involving our families throughout the elementary experience. John loves his dog, Napa and his family!
Assistant Principal Tim Currie has been with 596X since its founding in 2018. A school administrator since 2012, Tim has almost two decades of experience as a special educator- as a teacher, unit coordinator, and assistant principal with 176X. Guiding him through his professional journey has been a steadfast commitment to serving the needs of students with autism and their families.
He currently supports our 498 site in the Morris Park section of the Bronx. When he is not in school, Tim enjoys spending time with his family¸ cooking, going to concerts, and hiking.
Rebecca Miles has been an Assistant Principal with P596X since November of 2021. Originally from Preston, CT, she received a B.S. in Interior Design from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts. After a long stint working for Blue Man Group as a Production Assistant, she made her way to NYC. In 2010, she started her teaching career in District 75 via the NYC Teaching Fellows. Prior to joining the P596X community, she worked for almost 12 years at 721X. There, she taught students in a 6:1:1 ratio, and later became the school's Instructional Coach. Ms. Miles holds an M.S.Ed. in Special Education, and an M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Administration. Over her career, Ms. Miles has successfully implemented structured learning environments, helped to provide each student with an appropriate method of communication, and skillfully worked in curriculum development. These things remain an important part of her role as an administrator. Outside of P596X, Ms. Miles is an avid cook and can be found with her husband traveling to different areas within her beloved New England.
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Gina Walpole grew up in the Bronx and attended NYCDOE schools. It was there that she became inspired to work in the educational field. She began her career as a school bus driver while raising her four children, but she never gave up her dream to become a teacher. When the time was right, Gina enrolled in Mercy College to pursue her college degree. After graduating with a masters in early childhood education, she began working at P176x. After several years of working in various class ratios, she became the curriculum coach and then unit coordinator. She truly cherished working with students and wanted to expand her career to have an even larger impact in advocating for children. She went back to school at the College of St. Rose and obtained her administration certification. Gina continues her efforts and dedication for students here at 596x by supporting families, teachers and staff to ensure a memorable and successful learning experience for all. Gina loves spending time with her family and dogs.