Westmoreland Central School appoints new principal and special education teacher

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WESTMORELAND — Trevor Haskell has been appointed as the new principal at Westmoreland Upper Elementary School, while the district has also welcomed new elementary special education teacher Daniel Rena.

Haskell was formally appointed to the position of principal by the Board of Education on July 14. His first official day with the district was July 15.  

Prior to joining Westmoreland, Haskell was a third and fourth grade teacher at J.D. George Elementary School in the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School district for four years.

He also previously served as a long-term substitute second grade teacher in the Oneida City School district for one year.

Haskell, who decided to become an educator because, “education is one of the foundations of a productive life that can lead to opportunities for all,” said he is excited to be a part of the Westmoreland team.

“I chose Westmoreland to begin my leadership career because of the excellent reputation it has for academics, quality of education and community support,” Haskell said. “I am looking forward to working with all stakeholders to provide the best education for children.”

He earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from St. Bonaventure University, where he was also a member of the Division 1 Men’s Tennis team. Haskell went on to earn his master’s degree in elementary education from Walden University and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Building and School District Leadership from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

In his spare time, Haskell enjoys tennis, running, Notre Dame football and traveling. He is also a volunteer Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball coach.

“I look forward to engaging with the community and staff to continue to make Westmoreland a positive learning environment for students,” Haskell added.

Haskell replaces former Upper Elementary Principal Stephen Polera, who was appointed the new Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Pupil Personnel for Westmoreland Central School in June.

Meanwhile, Rena was hired by WCS as a special education teacher at the Primary Elementary School. He officially starts his position this month.

Prior to coming to Westmoreland, Rena was a special education teacher at Upstate Cerebral Palsy and the Herkimer BOCES for a total of four years.  

Rena, who has a master’s degree in special education and is certified to teach in grades 1-6, said education is his passion.

“I love teaching and the learning process,” Rena said.

“I enjoy the challenge teaching brings and love to see the results of my work in students over time.”

The Westmoreland community isn’t new to Rena — he has family who live in town. He’s now looking forward to becoming a part of the Westmoreland community himself.

“Westmoreland is a high achieving and well renowned school district in our area,” Rena said. “I am so humbled to be able to teach in such a wonderful school.”

In his spare time, Rena enjoys playing the drums, running, singing and hanging out with his son, Colin.

He is also a member of the Ziyara Shriners’ Board of Directors.

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