The Professional Learning Team
Director of School Partnerships & Innovative Practices
David Luhman is the Director of School Partnerships & Innovative Practices for Southern Westchester BOCES. Prior to his current position, David was a Special Education School Improvement Specialist for the Lower Hudson RSE-TASC, a secondary level Humanities Department Chair, a district Supervisor of Special Education and ELA for grades 6-12, and a teacher in both special education and English. He has been an adjunct professor at Long Island University's Graduate School of Education. He has also presented at a number of professional conferences including the CEC's 2017 National Expo and the Council on Learning Disabilities 2019 International Conference.
Supervisor of Literacy and Learning
Tracy Tyler is the Supervisor of Literacy and Learning for Southern Westchester BOCES. In this role, she supports the 32 component school districts to ensure they have strong instructional practices resulting in accelerated student achievement. Ms. Tyler joins the team after nearly a decade supporting schools across the Bronx in improving teacher pedagogy, with a focus on literacy instruction. Tracy specializes in supporting schools to use data to inform small group instruction in reading and writing and is passionate about supporting educators in developing cognitively engaging lessons and curriculum. As an elementary school teacher in Westchester, Manhattan, and the Bronx, Ms. Tyler has had diverse opportunities preparing her to support a wide variety of districts and schools. Tracy earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education, with a Minor in Linguistics from the University of Delaware, her Master of Science in Teaching Literacy from Bank Street College, and an Advanced Certificate in School Building and District Leadership from Hunter College.
Supervisor of Safety and Facilities
Brandon A. Cruz works to ensure that component districts' safety and building facilities needs are met. He teaches a nonviolent crisis intervention course and leads the Dignity for All Students Act 6-Hour Mandated Course on Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination. In the School Emergency Planning – Introduction to Incident Command System workshops, he teaches the evolution of school safety and how to use the ICS to work effectively with first responders. He collaborates with Westchester County police to provide Threat Assessment Team training. He served on the Westchester District Attorney’s School Safety Commission as co-chairman of its threat assessment subcommittee. He works to reflect the Threat Assessment Team model, encouraging school officials to work with law enforcement and mental health professionals to prevent school violence. Previously, Mr. Cruz was a middle school special education teacher, a special education instructional support specialist and, for 10 years, an elementary school assistant principal in the Bronx. He is a graduate of SUNY Albany with a master's degree in special education.