During the Dec. 19 business meeting of the Bethpage UFSD Board of Education, the Board unanimously appointed Bethpage High School Principal Michael Spence as the district’s next Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, effective July 1, 2018. 

With more than 24 years of educational experience in the district, Mr. Spence brings a magnitude of knowledge to his new role. During his nine-year tenure as principal, Bethpage High School has been recognized as one of the finest high schools in the country by Newsweek and has been consistently designated as a Reward School by the New York State Education Department based on its outstanding academic performance and high student achievement.   

As principal, Mr. Spence has expanded academic course offerings and addressed student interest in the fields of business and engineering. He has also established connections with local colleges and universities, including the University at Albany, Farmingdale State College, SUNY Old Westbury, LIU Post, Syracuse University, Hofstra University and Molloy College, for students to earn college credits prior to graduation. Advanced Placement courses in computer science, physics and Italian have been added to the curriculum, as has the opportunity for students to enroll in Virtual Enterprise and Principles of Engineering courses. In addition, a television production studio was created at the high school for students to explore broadcast journalism. 

Along with these additions, Mr. Spence initiated programs including the creation of collaborative classrooms, AP Capstone, senior seminar, the College Fair, Challenge Day, CPR/AED training for all seniors, the freshmen health advisory, the Academic Center, on-site admissions and more. He has also overseen the implementation of Chromebooks at the high school to further student learning and academic success. 

Mr. Spence holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Hamilton College, a Master of Arts in social studies/education from Adelphi University and a professional diploma in administration from LIU Post. 

“My focus will be to continue to bring enriching experiences and opportunities to Bethpage students,” said Mr. Spence of his new position. “I look forward to working with the Board of Education, incoming Superintendent of Schools [David] Schneider and the educational community as we pursue the goal of success for all students.”   

“We are pleased to announce Michael Spence as our next Assistant Superintendent for Instruction,” said Board of Education President Michael Kelly. “He has had a long, distinguished career at Bethpage and we are excited that he will be joining our central administrative team. His knowledge and leadership will ensure that our district continues to build upon our past successes.”