The Central High School District Board of Education has recently appointed current Mepham High School Principal Eric Gomez as the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Administration. Anthony DeMartinis, a current assistant principal at Calhoun High School, has been appointed as the incoming principal of Mepham High School.
Both administrative changes are effective July 1, 2022.
After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Management from St. John’s University, a Master of Science in Secondary Education at Hofstra University, Gomez later procured a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Administration from The College of St. Rose.
He began teaching in 2003 as a Business Teacher where he student taught at the Queens Vocational and Technical High School in Long Island City. He then went on to be a Business Teacher at Baldwin High School in 2004. He became the Business Academy Coordinator at Baldwin in 2009-2010. At the same time, they asked him to step into the position of Interim Chairperson for Foreign Languages and the ESL Department in mid-2009.
Gomez came to Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District in the fall of 2010 and began his Bellmore-Merrick career as the assistant principal of Grand Avenue Middle School. He moved to Calhoun High School as assistant principal of Guidance in 2011.
In 2017 he began his tenure as principal of Mepham High School. He was born and raised in Queens.
“Mepham is truly a special place filled with great energy and positivity,” said Gomez. “Although I’m looking forward to the new position, I will definitely miss working with the faculty, staff, students, and amazing community that define Mepham’s spirit.”
Dr. Jennifer Carne, an assistant principal at Mepham added that Gomez’s leadership has had an incredible impact throughout his tenure at Mepham.
“Not only has he served as an influential instructional leader, but he has also provided tremendous support, particularly to his students and staff and the entire Bellmore-Merrick community,” she noted. “His dynamic personality and positive energy will be greatly missed at Mepham.”
“Mr. Gomez has been a supportive colleague, creative leader, and mentor to many in Bellmore-Merrick,” said Superintendent Michael Harrington. “Eric is kind, generous with his time and student-centered in his planning. We have been very fortunate to have Gomez's leadership in the district for the past 10 years.”
During the past three years DeMartinis has served as the assistant principal for Guidance at Calhoun High School.
“His building leadership experience at Calhoun has given Anthony the opportunity to serve as the school’s Dignity Act Coordinator, the architect of the school’s master schedule, the administrative supervisor for the departments of special education, world languages, and English as a new language, all in addition to his outstanding work in leading the Calhoun counseling and wellness center,” added Harrington.
Before arriving to Calhoun, he served as school counselor at John F. Kennedy High School, where he provided students holistic, academic, social, emotional, and college/vocational counseling for students grades 9-12. He resides in Bethpage.
DeMartinis received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at SUNY Albany and then went to Long Island University for his Master of Science in School Counseling. His Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership was also achieved at Long Island University. Anthony’s counseling experiences have been vast and include school-based leadership assignments as well as district-wide committee service.
DeMartinis said it has been an honor and privilege serving the Kennedy and Calhoun communities.
“The memories and relationships I have forged while a member of these communities are unforgettable; both Kennedy and Calhoun will forever hold a special place in my heart,” he added. “I am truly humbled and excited to join the Mepham community as their principal.I look forward to connecting with the students, parents, and staff as we continue to provide outstanding opportunities for the students of Mepham to learn and grow.”
Calhoun Principal Nicole Hollings said that DeMartinis has demonstrated tremendous support and care for the students, staff and families at Calhoun and district-wide, and will be missed ‘immensely’ in the building.
“He is an extraordinary educator who works tirelessly to support students academically, socially, and emotionally,” she added.
Date Added: 4/15/2022