New Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Ms. April Poprilo

“As a mom myself I understand how important having the best educational experience for my own children is, and will work just as hard to make sure that that’s also being experienced here in South Huntington.”
“As a mom myself I understand how important having the best educational experience for my own children is, and will work just as hard to make sure that that’s also being experienced here in South Huntington.”

Welcome back to a new school year. It gives us great pleasure to announce that Ms. April Poprilo has been appointed as the South Huntington School District's new Assistant Superintendent of Student Services.  “Ms. Poprilo, who for five years has served as the Supervisor of Curricula Services, is a talented educator and gifted communicator with nearly two decades of public school experience,” said District Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo.

Ms. Poprilo’s accomplishments include a variety of dynamic, student-centered initiatives that have increased opportunity, while simultaneously promoting the district’s bedrock commitment to excellence. Her educational journey started as a Pre-K Special Education Itinerant Teacher in Brooklyn, then becoming a school psychologist before she excelled as a CPSE Program Coordinator supporting teachers and parents in early childhood programs.  It wasn’t long after she became an Assistant Principal for the Nassau BOCES Adult Education Program that the position quickly morphed into implementing and evaluating instructional programs for English Language Learners, students with disabilities, out of school youth, and adult learners, serving various districts within Nassau County.

“Interestingly, a lot of the program coordination work earlier in my career will be an important aspect of my new position here in Student Services,” said Ms. Poprilo. “I love using data to make connections with creating and evaluating learning and programmatic goals to serve students.  It is important to evaluate the success of the goals to make course corrections and provide the appropriate supports for parents, students, teachers, and administrators.” 

April’s journey to Assistant Superintendent has presented opportunities along the way that those closest to her have encouraged her to embrace. April’s mom is a retired Speech-Language Pathologist and CPSE Administrator, so April and her two sisters were active participants in the dinner table conversations. “My Mom has always been incredibly supportive of my opportunities and encouraged me along the way.” Perhaps one of her biggest advocates is her husband Andre. “He’s always been supportive, giving me that extra little push and encouragement to do more,” said April, who together with their two daughters, Perri (3) and Morgan (15 months), will surely continue the tradition of family bonding around the dinner table.

As a parent herself, April wants our South Huntington families to know that she and the Student Services team members are available as a resource. “Whether it be conversations to help inform or to help navigate the transitions their child may be going thru- be it special needs or a child entering our schools for the first time, I, we, are here as a resource for them, as well as supporting our principals and teachers to help our students have an engaging learning experience throughout their school years.”