OUR TEAM

President, Educators for Student Success (ESS)

John Falco is the President of the newly created not-for-profit Educators for Student Success.  Formerly a Senior Fellow and Director of Field Operations at CEI, John now brings his expertise and focus on educational excellence to an organization dedicated to serving the academic, social, and emotional well-being of students throughout New York State.  John has served over sixty years as an urban educator, receiving numerous accolades for his devotion to educational progress in each decade along the way.  John’s quick and focused style of addressing school concerns in meeting the needs of students in New York City, has labeled him an educator extraordinaire, and a school leader’s best friend.

Chief Financial Officer

Gerard Galderisi is the Chief Financial Officer for ESS.  A former New York City Middle School Principal, with more than 30 years service in the NYC DOE, he served eighteen of those years in School Leadership. Mr. Galderisi  has received numerous awards for improving student outcomes, including those from the NYC DOE , New York State Education Department, and The Baltimore Public Schools IEP Best Practices Award for exemplary Supplementary Educational Services.  Mr. Galderisi recently served as a Director in a large private education company, Innovative Educational Programs (IEP). He was responsible for curriculum, planning, contract renewal, proposal development, overall operations, as well as managing a marketing/sales force in as many as fifteen states. Mr. Galderisi grew the companies SES department into a 10 million dollar business in just a few years.

Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Leadership

Clara Katz is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Leadership for ESS. An exemplary educator for over four decades, Clara has put her passion for pedagogical excellence into practice through both her vocational and avocational endeavors. A facilitator for the prestigious Leadership In Education Apprenticeship Program for eight years, she has developed and implemented curriculum that focuses upon looking at student learning in classroom settings and identifying challenges for Student Success.  From teacher, to Director, to facilitator of Adult Learning, Clara’s innovative look at Professional Learning models has impacted greatly on schools’ progress and achievement throughout New York City.

Director of Professional Services

Ben Waxman has served the children of New York City as an educator for some 45 years. After a rewarding teaching career as a teacher of Mathematics and teacher trainer in District 18, Ben joined the staff of the New York City Teacher Center Consortium at the United Federation of Teachers. For the next 14 years, he held a unique position housed at the Office of the Chancellor serving as a facilitator of Schoolwide Programs and the Coordinator of Support for Low Performing Schools. Taking on numerous leadership roles, Ben was a Director of Middle School Initiatives at Community School District 4 as well as a Regional and Local Instructional Superintendent for Region 5. He worked for several colleges as an adjunct instructor teaching courses in Administration, Discipline and Classroom Management, Pedagogy, Mathematics and Facilitation.  Recruited by the UFT as the Director of Operations for the UFT Elementary Charter Schools he later served as a PSO Network Leader for CEI-PEA CFN 534 and then as the Director of Professional Services for CEI. Currently, he is the Director of Professional Services for Educators for Student Success a company he helped to create.

Director of Professional Services

Ellen Padva is a Director of Professional Services for ESS. A dedicated educator for 20 years, she has demonstrated a passion for meeting the needs of all learners. Her support to schools on every level have included helping struggling schools, with a focus on the design and delivery of professional learning in the areas of literacy, special education, data analysis, and educational reform. Ellen’s resume demonstrates her expertise in various roles as part of the educational community. She was a special education teacher, an instructional and supervisory support specialist, and an Educational Partnership Director and Network Leader.

Director of Non-Public Education Services

Al D’Angelo is the Director of Non-Public Education for ESS. An outstanding teacher and principal in the New York Archdiocese Parochial School System for over 35 years, Al is familiar with the specific needs and resources faced by non-public educational Institutions. Elected to and serving Community School District 11 in the Bronx as a member of their school board, Al has taken the educational needs of NYC students into the political realm. A member of the Morris Park Community Association he served as its President for 12 years, and as a member of the advisory boards at both Jacobi Medical Center and the Einstein College of Medicine. Currently the Vice Chair of Community Board 11, Al is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Cardinal Spellman High School. Al D’Angelo has received numerous accolades for his dedication to the children of NYC, and community service, including citations from, Congressman Joseph Crowley, Senator Jeff Klein, and Bronx Borough Presidents Fernando Ferrer, and Adolpho Carrion.

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