Walley comes to Osborn School, headed by principal Angela Garcia, from the Washingtonville Central School District, where he has taught third and fourth grade at Little Britain Elementary School and sixth and seventh grade Reading Academic Intervention Services at Washingtonville Middle School. He has also served as a special education/reading teacher assistant in the Poughkeepsie school district, as an instructor and course developer for the state Teacher Centers, and a literacy teacher at the college level.
“As a classroom teacher, your focus is on developing the skills of your students for your particular grade level,” he said, whereas “as an administrator, your thinking shifts to a more ‘whole systems approach,’ focusing on the educational experience of a student.”
Walley has a Bachelor of Science Degree from SUNY Cortland in childhood education, a Master of Arts from Columbia University, Teachers College in literacy, where he studied with literacy education icon Lucy Calkins. He also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in school leadership from SUNY New Paltz. At Washingtonville, Walley also created and headed a new bully prevention program, and designed an elementary math program.
“Rye City Schools are known for having inspired students, talented staff and a supportive community,” said Walley. “I am eager to become a part of this school and this city.”