April 2021 Administrative Update
Director of Pupil Services
My name is Cindy Marinaccio and I am thrilled to be appointed as the new Director of Pupil Services in the East Aurora Union Free School District. Although I am new to this position, I am not a stranger to the District. I taught special education at the East Aurora High School for 15 years before deciding to pursue an administrative position as the Coordinator of Pupil Services at Pembroke Schools in 2017. Working at a small rural district allowed many opportunities to learn and grow as an administrator. I will miss my colleagues at Pembroke, but I am excited to return to East Aurora. It feels like coming home.
Prior to my career in education, I was an Engineering manager at a local medical device manufacturing company. Though I enjoyed my work, I longed for the opportunity to teach, work with others, and see the growth in others’ learning. So, I decided to further my professional growth and earned a special education degree from D’youville College. While teaching at the East Aurora High School, I was fortunate to experience various leadership roles such as Class Advisor, Team Leader, and Support Services Curriculum Coordinator. It was at that time when I began to realize how much I enjoyed the leadership positions. Consequently, I continued to stretch my professional knowledge and pursued a degree in Education Administration from Canisius College. I was then fortunate enough to work under the direction of Jerome Polakiewicz, my predecessor, as the CPSE chairperson for two years.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband Joel, our five children - Matthew, Jeffrey, Meghan, Joshua and Catherine, and our two golden retrievers Mia and Luna. You can usually find me cheering on my children at a track meet or soccer game or walking Mia and Luna around our neighborhood. On the rare occasion that I have a minute to myself, you might find me either reading a book or out for a run.
Returning to East Aurora has been everything I dreamed it would be. I have been welcomed back by teachers, staff, administrators and parents. I leave work every day with a smile on my face and remind myself how fortunate I am to continue my career and educational journey in a place that is so familiar. I am excited and look forward to the challenge of continuing to build on the firm foundation of excellence and achievement that the East Aurora Schools provide.