District welcomes new athletic director

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The district has named Adam Sherrard the new Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, effective July 25, 2018.

Mr. Sherrard possesses an extensive background in educational leadership, teaching and coaching in Prince George County, MD, as well as locally in Smithtown and Huntington. He holds New York State professional certifications in school district and school building leadership, physical education, health and as an attendance teacher. He is also certified in crisis prevention intervention, CPR, first aid and AED (Automated External Defibrillation).

Throughout his professional career, Mr. Sherrard has taught physical education at all grade levels, most recently at the Jack Abrams STEM Intermediate School in the Huntington Union Free School District. His diverse undertakings include implementing and ensuring the knowledge and compliance of New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Section XI and Department of Health regulations, securing grant funds to support student wellness – including a filtered water fountain and fitness equipment for an adaptive physical education program, collaborating on and implementing a district student wellness policy, and leading professional development to physical education teachers on incorporating technology into the curriculum.

“The energy and enthusiasm that Mr. Sherrard exudes will serve our district well,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Casciano. “We look forward to his leadership and progressive ideas in building on the many successes of our athletic program. Mr. Sherrard will continue to move us in the positive direction of our physical education and health education programs. This includes social and emotional growth opportunities to ensure our students have the support systems needed to succeed.”

Mr. Sherrard, a resident of Farmingville, earned an advanced graduate certificate in educational leadership from SUNY Stony Brook and a Master of Arts in educational leadership and administration from Touro University International. He holds a Bachelor of Science in physical education from Cortland University.

“I’m eager to work with the students, staff, nurses, administrators, coaches and parents in the district,” Mr. Sherrard said. “Since I first arrived here, I noticed the commitment to the well-being of students is profound and I look forward to continuing to strengthen the positive environment in the Port Jefferson School District.”