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Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
450 Mamaroneck Avenue
Harrison, NY 10528
Director of Professional Development
Dr. Betty Ann Wyks is the Director of Professional Development for Southern Westchester BOCES. She has extensive experience at a variety of school and district level positions. Having served as a teacher, principal, reading coordinator, curriculum specialist, director of special education, assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools, Dr. Wyks possesses a deep understanding of the issues facing education at all levels.
Dr. Wyks holds a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Columbia University, a Master’s degree in Learning Disabilities and a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources. She has presented nationally and is passionate about her work in education. Dr. Wyks was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Rider University for her work in the area of educational technology.
When asked about joining Southern Westchester BOCES in her new role, Dr. Wyks commented, “I am excited about my new position and look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with and support the talented members our constituent districts in Westchester. Our collective synergy can serve to enhance the opportunities afforded the students in our communities.”
Assistant Director of Professional Development
Dr. Michele Darby is the Assistant Director of Professional Development for Southern Westchester BOCES, joining the team in 2017. She is an educational frontrunner who is passionate about helping people improve, producing strong leaders, and collaborating with administrators and staff members to create a rich education for students. Before arriving at BOCES, Dr. Darby was a teacher, assistant principal and principal in Brooklyn and Long Island, where she led student curriculum and professional development. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Morgan State University; two master’s degrees – one in educational administration and supervision from Touro College and the other in school district leadership from Hofstra University; and her doctorate in educational leadership and administration from Dowling College. In 2017, Dr. Darby was honored as a Woman of Distinction by the New York State Assembly.
Supervisor of Literacy and Learning
Debra Fishman is the Supervisor of Literacy and Learning for Southern Westchester BOCES. For 21 years, she has been at the Rye City School District, where she has served in many different roles. She began her career as a special education teacher at Windward and then in Rye, shifted to the elementary classroom and then became a language arts coordinator. For six years, she was a full-time staff developer, where she led many workshops in both literacy and technology. Deb helped the district implement differentiated instruction, RTI as well as the Regents Reform Agenda.
Supervisor of Safety and Facilities
Brandon A. Cruz is the Supervisor of School Safety and Facilities for Southern Westchester BOCES. He joined the Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support in 2017, working to ensure that all school safety and building facilities needs are met throughout SWBOCES’ 32 component districts. Before arriving at BOCES, Mr. Cruz was a middle school special education teacher and a special education instructional support specialist. He most recently spent a decade as a well-respected assistant principal in a high-needs elementary school in the Bronx. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean history, with a minor in education, and his master’s degree in special education, both at SUNY Albany.