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Manhasset to Welcome Dr. Christopher Hale as New Director of Fine and Performing Arts

The Manhasset School District is proud to welcome Dr. Christopher Hale as the new Director of Fine and Performing Arts, effective July 1, 2019. The Manhasset Board of Education appointed Dr. Hale at their March 6th meeting, filling the vacancy created by the announced retirement of the current Administrator for the Arts, Dr. Anthony Ambrogio.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Hale as part of our team. It is evident that Dr. Hale cares deeply for the arts and shares a passion for nurturing the gift of the arts for each of our students. We are confident that Dr. Hale will continue to build upon the extraordinary work done by Dr. Anthony Ambrogio and the many individuals who helped grow this program over the years,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vincent Butera. “I would be remiss if I did not take this time to congratulate and express my gratitude to Dr. Ambrogio. He has left a profound impact on a program that is a jewel here in Manhasset. He will truly be missed.”

Following Dr. Ambrogio’s announcement earlier this year, the Manhasset School District began a thorough search for a successor. During his candidacy, Dr. Hale met with faculty and administrative committees, as well as the Board of Education. He joins Manhasset from the East Meadow School District, where he has taught music, served as chairperson and then Director of Music and the Arts since 2004.

Dr. Hale supervised and provided instructional guidance to nearly 70 music and art educators, chairpersons and support staff in East Meadow. He has managed budgets, provided quality professional development, maintained interdisciplinary music and the arts programs, developed and maintained community partnerships, and improved and expanded technology integration – all within a program he proudly describes as very inclusive.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Hale and we look forward to his leading our outstanding team of arts educators and carrying forward our proud tradition of excellence in the fine arts in Manhasset, said Board of Education President Regina Rule. “While Dr. Hale has Dr. Ambogio’s enormous shoes to fill, we are confident that he brings his unique talents and an unwavering commitment to the power of the arts to inspire and make a positive impact in our students’ experiences.”

Recognized as a leader among his peers and a standout educator by his students, Dr. Hale has served as president of the Nassau Music Educators Association and has also been recognized by the Harvard Club of Long Island as a Distinguished Teacher.

Dr. Hale holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Texas, Master of Arts degree in wind conducting from Hofstra University, an advanced certificate in educational leadership from Stony Brook University and a doctorate in educational leadership and supervision from St. John’s University.

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