New Principals Leading Three Mount Vernon Schools
Three new principals, each with more than 20 years’ experience in education, are leading schools in the Mount Vernon City School District this year.
The principals are:
- Matthew Gonzales for Mount Vernon High School
- Thrusha Henderson for the Pennington School
- Sharon Spencer for the Mount Vernon STEAM Academy
“These educational leaders bring experience and fresh ideas to these three schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton. “They include two leaders with experience from near and far and one who has built a career of more than two decades right here in Mount Vernon. We look forward to the innovation and guidance they will bring to these schools to foster a challenging and nurturing education for all students.”
Dr. Gonzales served most recently as the director of student services at the Northside Charter School in Brooklyn. He began his career as a music teacher in 1999 and held a host of positions in schools, first in Michigan and more recently in New York. They include deputy head of school for curriculum and instruction with the EF Academy, an international boarding school in Thornwood. His administrative experience has involved supervising curriculum and instruction in grades 9-12, 6-12, and K-12 settings, and introducing and sustaining International Baccalaureate programs in schools in the United States and China.
Henderson has served as an educator in the Mount Vernon district for 24 years, most recently as assistant principal for the Nelson Mandela/Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School and Rebecca Turner Elementary School. She joined the district as a teacher in 1997, after serving as a substitute teacher in Mamaroneck and Greenburgh. Her years in Mount Vernon include several administrative roles and positions on committees on curriculum and instruction, school restructuring, and other topics.
Spencer comes to the STEAM Academy with experience as a science teacher and education administrator. Most recently, she served as a biology teacher and director of the summer program at New Fairfield High School in New Fairfield, Connecticut. Her previous positions include assistant principal and principal positions and include founding principal of New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math Science IV in New York City from 2015 to 2019.
“With these three exceptional education leaders taking their new positions among our other stellar administrators and teachers, we are poised for a productive year,” Dr. Hamilton said.