Renee Gargano

Renee Gargano, Ed.M.

Assistant Director for the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership
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About Me

Renée Gargano currently serves as Assistant Director of the Manhattanville College Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. She brings over 40 years of experience as a school leader where she has served in a variety of roles for the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES to include Deputy Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Director for Career and Technical Education, Assistant Director for Career and Technical Education and Coordinator for Special Education Programs.   Ms. Gargano dedicated the last 9 years of her career at PNWBOCES expanding the programs and partnerships offered though the Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) which she founded in 1999.

Over the last five years she established a regional approach for offering Dr. Marc Brackett’s RULER approach to social emotional learning though a partnership she established with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Approximately 80 schools in the Hudson Valley region are implementing this work as a result.   

On two occasions, Ms. Gargano was named as Woman of Distinction by the Westchester Women's News and served as president of the Lower Hudson Council of School Personnel Administrators. She also received an Excellence in Administration award from the Mid-Hudson School Study Council along with several leadership awards from various professional organizations. Renée Gargano is known throughout New York State for her design, development and implementation of many innovative programs. A sampling includes: The Center for Educational Leadership,  The On Line Application System for Educators (OLAS) now used by over 500 school districts in NYS, The Future School Leaders Academy (FSLA) with Bank Street College, Today's Students, Tomorrow's Teachers (TSTT), Come Teach with Us Academy with Pace University, the Executive Leadership Program with Fordham University and a variety of HR and Labor Relations certificate programs such as Human Resources and Labor Relations with the Cornell Graduate School of Labor Relations and the Education Policy Fellowship Program ( EPFP) with Teacher College.  Ms. Gargano was part of the design team for the development of the Manhattanville Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership in 2009/10 and has served as an integral part of the leadership team since its inception.   She conceived and supported the launching of the Manhattanville Excellence in Teaching Academy (META) providing a clinically rich teacher preparation experience for new teachers.

Ms. Gargano was awarded the National UCEA (University Council for Educational Administration) Excellence in Educational Leadership Award. This award was in recognition of her generous and varied professional contributions to practicing school administrators and the improvement and support of school administration preparation programs. Ms. Gargano has an Ed.M in Counselor Education and a B.S. in Special Education, both from Boston University, a Professional Diploma in School Administration from Fordham University, and a Labor Relations Certificate from Cornell University.