Israel Malinowitzer has over 20 years’ experience in the East Islip School District under his belt. Serving as the director of student services for a significant portion of his career in …
Israel Malinowitzer has over 20 years’ experience in the East Islip School District under his belt. Serving as the director of student services for a significant portion of his career in the district, Malinowitzer said he loves working with teachers and students. He retired from the position last October.
Malinowitzer also coordinated the Virtual Enterprise Business Academy in the district, which included business classes such as Accounting I and Accounting II, Marketing, E-Commerce, Entrepreneurship, Graphic Communications, English, Social Studies, Science and Math. The program called for the students to create a company with several departments as well as chief officers. Several New York colleges partnered with the business academy.
“When they entered into the virtual enterprise business academy, 12th graders were able to walk out of that program with up to 27 college credits for one year,” Malinowitzer said.
Additionally, he took charge of the robotics team, which is a US FIRST Robotics team, in 2003, and the group won nationals.
“We had over 120 students and parents who participated in the US FIRST Robotics. We competed in Atlanta and Florida. It was an amazing program,” he said.
Malinowitzer said that, all in all, he wants to help the students and incorporate more programs. Additionally, he said he wants to hone in on the school’s ADA compliance.
“We have to deal with all students,” he said. “We have to deal with those who are suffering with [various issues], whether it is asthma, allergies, being in a wheelchair, [and] mental health [disorders]. We are not dealing with it properly at all. There is one social worker for the entire East Islip High School. That is crazy. When he gets a crisis, that could [consume] a whole day. Now what do you do with the other 1230 kids?”
Malinowitzer began in the district as a substitute teacher in 1995. He has also been involved as a director within the East Islip Chamber of Commerce.