South Huntington School District is happy to welcome Mr. William Hender as Maplewood Intermediate School’s new Principal.
Mr. Hender knew early on that working with children was what he wanted to do. Growing up, Mr. Hender’s mother had a daycare center that was run out of their home with the additional experience of tutoring his brother when they were younger, sparked his initial interest in education. “Those two pieces plus my love of sports and coaching led to going into education as a logical choice, and it’s something that I’m definitely glad that I did,” he added.
Mr. Hender has a wide range of experience in the educational field. From Camp Director at the Ivy League Day Camp in Smithtown, and an elementary and middle school level classroom teacher in Kings Park Central Schools, to being the Varsity Head Coach at Kings Park High School, Mr. Hender has been exposed to all levels and fields. Mr. Hender was also High School Assistant Principal and Dean of Discipline at Western Suffolk BOCES Regional Summer School. Most recently, Mr. Hender served as Principal at Eastport Elementary School.
“I think anytime you have an experience, you’re going to learn something from it,” he explained. Mr. Hender very frequently reflects upon his experience and always looks for ways to improve. Before the end of each day he asks himself, “Did I do today what was in the best interest of all children?”
Mr. Hender currently resides in Commack, where he grew up. Throughout the years, Hender recalls having close relationships with friends who have either been educators or administrators in the South Huntington district. He mentioned that these friends always had wonderful things to say about the district as a whole. What drew him here was how South Huntington treats everyone like they are a part of a family. “That family piece was something that was very enticing to me,” he expressed.
“We’re coming out of a pandemic where the world of education was turned upside down,” Mr. Hender commented. He wants to be someone that keeps Maplewood moving forward in an upward direction by being the best that it can be. He will follow this goal by emphasizing what they can do better and what is in the best interest of the students. Mr. Hender, who is very big on communication and “having an open door,” strongly believes in parent involvement, as his mother was a PTA President, along with his wife now. “I know how important it is to have great volunteers within the district, and to have that support system throughout the school,” he said.
Mr. Hender also participates in the community in his own way. One of his biggest hobbies is cooking, in which he owns his own food truck called Bill’s Grill. He purchased the truck for his dad, who upon retiring, felt inspired and wanted to have a hot dog truck on the side of the road. The truck’s concept transformed over the years, and Mr Hender still uses it for private events on the weekends. Mr. Hender truly is a man of experience as he is always the first to find a way to contribute to his community in a positive way.
About Mr. William Hender:
Mr. William Hender began his path to education at St. Joseph’s College where he graduated in May 2001 with a Bachelor in Arts and Sciences/Child Study degree. He then graduated from Long Island University in September 2004 with a Masters in Education/Literacy degree. In May of 2012 he graduated from the State University of New York with a degree in Educational Administration. Currently, he is furthering his studies, pursuing an Ed.D in Educational Administration at St. John’s University. Mr. Hender has obtained many certifications, awards and accommodations as well. His certifications include New York State School District Leader, New York State School Building Leader, New York State Teaching Permanent Certificate (N-6), and New York State Special Education Permanent Certificate (B-21yrs). He is the 2020 recipient of the Scope Education Award-School Board Trustee Service Award, a Phi Delta Kappa International at Stony Brook “Friends of Education” 2015 recipient, Veterans of Foreign Wars “National Citizenship Education Teacher Recognition” 2015 recipient, named Suffolk County League IV Track Coach of the Year from 2007-2010, twelve-time NYSPHA Section XI Sportsmanship winner, and Commack High School’s 2020 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Before working in the South Huntington School District, Mr. Hender has gained much experience in several other districts. From June 1997 to August 2006, he was a Day Camp Director at the Ivy League Day Camp in Smithtown. From September 2010 to September 2014, he was Vice President of Marketing/New Business Development and Director of Camps, Tournaments and Coaching from September 2008 to September 2010 at the Long Island Rough Riders Professional Soccer Inc. in Plainview. From July 2017 to present, Mr. Hender serves as a Commack Union Free School District Board of Education Trustee. He was a Varsity High School Head Coach from June 2003 to August 2019 for Kings Park High School and for the Half Hollow Hills Central School District. He was Co-Director of Suffolk’s Edge Teacher Center at Western Suffolk BOCES in Wheatley Heights from January 2017 to June 2018. From September 2001 to August 2019, Mr. Hender was an Elementary and Middle Level Classroom Teacher at Kings Park Central Schools, and from June 2016 to August 2018 he was High School Assistant Principal and Dean of Discipline at Western Suffolk BOCES Regional Summer School. Most recently, from August 2019 to 2021, he served as Eastport Elementary School’s Principal for grades 3-6.
Mr. Hender began his position as Maplewood’s Principal on July 1, 2021.