MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Mahopac Board of Education has named a Carmel High School graduate as the new principal of the middle school.

Tom Cozzocrea was appointed to the post last week. He will take the place of Vince DiGrandi, who resigned earlier this summer to take a principal position in the North Salem School District.

Cozzocrea is 1992 graduate of Carmel High School and has lived most of his life in both Putnam and Dutchess counties. 

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“During his years living in this community, he learned what a special place Mahopac is,” School Superintendent Dr. Dennis Creedon said. “He is very excited about serving this community. He’s a great guy and we are delighted he has joined us.”

Cozzocrea’s starting annual salary is $149,486. He will be on probation for his first four years in Mahopac before becoming eligible for tenure.

Over the last 12-plus years, Cozzocrea worked for the New York City Department of Education. His first nine years were spent teaching fifth grade. He worked the last three years as an administrator. 

Cozzocrea received a bachelor’s degree in communications from SUNY Oswego. He earned a master’s degree in education and a master’s degree in school building leadership from Mercy College. 

He attended the New York City Leadership Academy program in preparation for taking a leadership position in an urban city school.  
Prior to coming to Mahopac, Cozzocrea was principal of a pre-K to eighth grade school in the Bronx.

[Editor's note: Mahopac News will conduct an in-depth interview with Mr. Cozzocrea and publish it next week.]