South Orangetown Central School District

At its meeting last night, the South Orangetown Central School District Board of Education appointed Rudy Arietta as Principal of Tappan Zee High School, effective July 1, 2019.

Mr. Arietta has served as Principal at Ardsley High School since 2015, where he led curriculum initiatives including Stanford University’s Challenge Success program and the development of computer science and Project Lead the Way engineering sequences, created a wellness center to address the social and emotional needs of students and staff, and explored alternative approaches to master scheduling with a faculty committee. Prior to his principalship, Mr. Arietta was Assistant Principal at Ardsley High School (2012-2015) and at Nyack High School (2009-2012).

Before becoming an administrator, Mr. Arietta taught Social Studies for 11 years at Nyack High School and served for two years as the Department Chair for grades 6-12. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and African American Studies from Fordham University, a Master of Arts degree from Teachers College Columbia University, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from SUNY New Paltz. Mr. Arietta graduated from Tappan Zee High School in 1993.

“Mr. Arietta has a proven track record of doing what is best for students. He is an experienced high school principal who is well-respected by his colleagues and community. We are fortunate to have him as our next leader of Tappan Zee High School,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Pritchard. “On behalf of our students, staff, administrative team, and Board of Education, I’d like to thank Dr. Amos for her nine years of leadership. We wish her the very best in her next endeavor.”

Dr. Jennifer Amos has accepted an administrative position at another school and will depart at the end of the school year.

Rudy Arietta, incoming TZHS principal, smiling in hallway