Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Rocky Point School District takes great pride in cultivating and developing leaders with strong skill sets. It is our aim that these leaders will inspire students to achieve, as well as support and enhance our schools’ educational programs and community. As such, it is in this vein that I announce that the Board of Education has appointed the following three veteran district educators to new administrative roles, effective immediately.

With more than 12 years of experience as a high school assistant principal in Rocky Point, Susann Crossan has been named the new principal of Rocky Point High School. During her time in the district, Ms. Crossan has been a member of the school’s Shared Decision Making Committee, aided in the district’s implementation of Project Save legislation, and facilitated many components of the district’s substance awareness, prevention and intervention action plan. To help foster a stronger home-to-school connection, she developed the ninth-grade parent orientation program and, drawing upon her previous teaching experience, provided support to her colleagues by creating a teacher handbook and new teacher orientation program.

In response to this administrative move, the Board promoted Joseph Tapler to fill the high school assistant principal role previously held by Ms. Crossan. Mr. Tapler has been an educator in the district since 2004, serving as a middle school assistant principal before holding his current role as assistant principal at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School. During his tenure, Mr. Tapler has helped to design and implement the district’s Response to Intervention program, instituted a school-to-work prevocational program for self-contained special needs students, and worked to improve parent and community involvement at the building level. The district believes that his previous experience at the secondary level and strong knowledge of the district will ensure a seamless transition.

As a result of this shift, Dr. Courtney Herbert, the current assistant principal at Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School, has been appointed as the new assistant principal at JAE. Dr. Herbert has served as FJC’s assistant principal since 2006 and has been instrumental in supporting literacy and curriculum development initiatives, as well as fostering a strong home-to-school connection to ensure a sound educational foundation for all students. Additionally, she is a contributing member of the Shared Decision Making Committee and has played a critical role in implementing educationally enriching activities, such as the Parents as Reading Partners and student mentoring programs.

The district will seek to appoint an assistant principal at FJC in the coming weeks.

Please join me in congratulating these individuals as they begin to serve in their new roles.


Michael F. Ring, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools