Welcoming the New Director of Guidance

Welcoming the New Director of Guidance photo
As part of its commitment to supporting students and providing resources to ensure future success, the district recently welcomed Jonathan Macaluso as the new director of guidance, effective July 1.  

This position was first suggested as the result of a yearlong analysis and the recommendation of the Career Literacy Pillar Committee, which was comprised of parents, educators, administrators and community members. 

Mr. Macaluso comes to the Connetquot School District from the South Huntington School District, where he served as the chief information officer and K-12 district director of guidance.   
As the K-12 director of guidance for the district, Mr. Macaluso will utilize his extensive knowledge and background to advance the social-emotional, academic as well as career and college counseling services provided to students. His comprehensive understanding of the new school counseling regulations recently introduced by New York State as part of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), as well as his active participation (former vice president) in the Suffolk Directors of Guidance Inc. will further enhance his ability to support district students’ personal, social, academic, and college and career-related goals.  

Mr. Macaluso graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from SUNY Geneseo, a Master of Science in school counseling from LIU Post, as well as a second Master of Science degree in school administration and supervision from Touro College. Mr. Macaluso began his career as a school counselor in the Northport-East Northport Union Free School District, where he also coached young men in lacrosse and soccer. After eight years as a school counselor, Mr. Macaluso became an assistant principal at Northport High School, where he was able to utilize his counseling skills to further guide students and assist in managing and supervising a high school of 2,200 students. In June 2008, Mr. Macaluso assumed a new position as the K-12 district director of guidance for the Commack School District. During his tenure in Commack, Mr. Macaluso’s responsibilities included the supervision of counseling services for more than 7,000 students. 

“I am truly excited to bring the knowledge and skills I have acquired over the past 20 years to the Connetquot Central School District,” he said. “I look forward to working with students, parents and other faculty members to support all students in reaching and achieving their personal, social and academic goals.”