Frank DeSario

The history of The New York Academy of Public Education is reflective of those who served in its purpose and development. The richness of our heritage is the result of efforts of the prestigious leaders of the New York Academy in advancing the progress of urban education. An educator who has promoted the growth and integrity of the NYAPE through his many accomplishments is our President Emeritus, Frank DeSario.

As principal of the Woodhaven School (PS 60Q), Frank has led this NYC Elementary school to a consistent A rating by the Department of Education and continues to be in the top 15 percent of all New York City public schools. In leading The Woodhaven School, Frank has continued to partner with CEI-PEA with his former superintendent, Dr. Kathleen Lavin. This partnership provides support and expertise in many areas of education. Currently the Woodhaven School has a partnership with St. John’s University. This partnership allows the school to be on the cutting edge of education. This includes the Rise Program, through which college students who are studying to become teachers, Get hands-on experience by working with teachers and students in the classroom. The school also has a partnership with Lincoln Center Education Program.

Among his many achievements, Frank is most proud of his success in developing school leaders. In his tenure as principal of The Woodhaven School, seven of his teachers have become administrators, two as principals and five as assistant Principals.

Frank’s history as an educator includes: teacher and dean of the Dyker Heights Middle School, IS 201 and assistant principal of the Robert Goddard Middle School. Currently Frank serves as the representative for District 27 on the Executive Board of the Counsel of Supervisors and Administrators.

Frank is the recipient of many honors and awards including: The Cahn Fellowship 2011, Teacher’s College, Columbia University, St. John’s University Department of Curriculum and Instriction, The University Partnership, Dean’s Convovation 2016 and The Catholic Teacher4s Association, John Mahoney Award 2011.

Frank’s desire to work in education came from his father, Louis DeSario, former Superintendent of District 31. The Louis DeSario school, PS 56 on Staten Island, is named in his honor by the former Staten Island Borough President, Gut Molinari.

Frank is the proud father of Peter, Louis and Clare and husband to Helen, an Assistant Principal in New York City.

Frank’s commitment to his life’s work and personal life exemplifies his outstanding contribution to the NYAPE.