For Eric Caballero, the district’s new director of physical education, athletics, driver education and health, his career has come full circle.
His career has spanned five schools and three states so far, first starting out in Maryland as a health and physical education teacher, and then in Pennsylvania. He landed in Long Island from his native Philadelphia at the South Huntington School District as a physical education teacher.
From there, he was the dean of students at Baldwin High School and assistant principal at Mepham from 2012-15. In July, Caballero was named the district’s director of physical education, athletics, driver education and health.
“Working in the district for the past three years has made the transition a little easier,” he noted.
His initial goals for the district are to “evaluate as much as possible.”
“I’m looking to turn a good program into a great one,” he added.
Consistency between the buildings is also at the forefront of Caballero’s long-term plan. This falls directly in line with the district’s “One Voice, One Message” vision.
“I have been working towards streamlining the paperwork process in the departments,” Caballero said. “This will eliminate 85 percent of manual paperwork.”
While the district unveiled its app earlier this year, Caballero is looking into one exclusively for athletics as well, propelling the department further into a technological state.
As for health, Caballero said the curriculum works towards developing positive behaviors to enhance a more productive member of society. In addition, emphasis is given to eliminating behaviors that negatively affect a healthy lifestyle and place an individual at risk.
“Education is unique in that every day is different,” Caballero said about his career choice. “You’re making multiple decisions that can ultimately change kids’ lives. It’s a great feeling when you make the right ones.”