The North Bellmore School District announces a pair of administrative appointments for the 2021-2022 school year. Denise Fisher, who served as principal of Newbridge Road Elementary School for the past six years, moves into a new role as the district’s director of personnel. Replacing her will be Amanda Licci, who will be the interim principal of Newbridge Road for the upcoming school year.
Ms. Fisher has two decades of experience as an educator, including nine as an administrator. She taught sixth grade for 11 years – five in New York City and six at Howitt Middle School in Farmingdale. After nine months as interim assistant principal of Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School, she came to North Bellmore in 2013 as assistant principal of Saw Mill Road Elementary School and was there for two years before taking the reins of Newbridge Road.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Queens College, a master’s degree in education from Cambridge College and a master’s degree in school and district administration from Touro College. In her new position, Ms. Fisher will coordinate the hiring process for staff at all levels, observe and evaluate teachers, oversee the approval of professional development opportunities and ensure compliance with all employment regulations, among numerous other responsibilities.
Ms. Fisher said she looks forward to working with Superintendent Marie Testa and the board of education to uphold the district’s mission and core values, while supporting students in helping find the most qualified and caring teachers and staff.
“I am excited for this opportunity and am extremely fortunate to be continuing my professional journey with the North Bellmore community,” she said. “I have spent six wonderous years at Newbridge Road and am truly grateful for the partnerships and relationships that were created.”
Ms. Licci has been a teacher in North Bellmore since 1998, having taught kindergarten, first, second and third grades at Martin Avenue and Park Avenue elementary schools. She also served as a districtwide instructional coach, supporting teachers and students at all five elementary schools.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and psychology from Hofstra University and, as an undergraduate, completed her student teaching in North Bellmore. Ms. Licci also earned a master’s degree in literacy studies from Hofstra and a master’s degree in school district administration from Touro College.
“Working in North Bellmore has been so rewarding for me due to the countless relationships I’ve established through the years with students, families, teachers, paraprofessionals, staff members, administrators and more,” she said. “Beginning a new position at Newbridge Road Elementary School means that established relationships will be strengthened, while new ones will be built. I look forward to getting to know the students and families at Newbridge Road as I work alongside the wonderful staff there to make 2021-2022 an amazing school year.”