Rosas welcomes new Catholic School principal

Submitted Photo Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas, left, visits Northern Chautauqua Catholic School and first-year Principal Jenny Tilaro, right.

City of Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas and new Northern Chautauqua Catholic School (NCCS) Principal Jenny Tilaro are working together to promote youth education and provide support to the Hispanic community in Dunkirk and the local region.

Mayor Rosas personally welcomed Tilaro to Dunkirk at NCCS this week, taking a brief tour of the school. While Mayor Rosas is New York state’s first elected Hispanic Mayor, Tilaro is believed to be the city of Dunkirk and Chautauqua County’s only Hispanic school administrator. Both sharing a focus on education and the Hispanic community, they met recently to collaborate and discuss ways to join forces.

Born of immigrant parents who did not graduate high school or speak English, Tilaro experienced academic challenges at an early age. Eventually she received academic support. Being the eldest of four children, most of her siblings’ academic support was placed on her. Years later, this led her into teaching and eventually school administration. Recent positions include Assistant Principal K-12 at Randolph Junior/Senior High School, STEM Master Teacher of the NYS Master Teacher Program at Buffalo, and Science Teacher at Maple Grove and Southwestern Central High Schools.

On the topic of Pre-School and Pre-Kindergarten tuition, Rosas commented, “Just by meeting Jenny, I learned that the tuition cost at NCCS is very reasonable. I believe many families in the community are uninformed and I would like to help get the word out.”

NCCS offers full day curriculum with after-school care available at a minimum cost for the 3-year old and 4-year old programs, as well as all ages through eighth grade. As part of a new curriculum update, Spanish is included at all NCCS grade levels, with Spanish instruction now offered daily in grades five through eight.

Tilaro said, “Meeting Mayor Rosas really energized me. I look forward to using our talents and connections to work together.”

Tilaro will be attending the JCC Willie Rosas Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Gala on Sept. 30 in Dunkirk where funds will be raised toward Jamestown Community College tuition scholarships. She is also discussing ways she can contribute to educational and Hispanic organizations discussed with Mayor Rosas.

About Northern Chautauqua Catholic School: NCCS is a Middle States accredited school offering a Christ-centered community which promotes academic excellence emphasizing family values and respect for others in an atmosphere of kindness, love and understanding. The school serves students in grades Pre-K3 through eighth grade. It is a Regional Catholic School serving the communities and churches of Chautauqua County and is affiliated with the Diocese of Buffalo. NCCS offers a curriculum which focuses on the development of the “whole student” by providing excellent academic programming and “specials” such as Spanish, Art, Music, Physical Education/Health and Technology/Computer Education, providing students opportunities to explore and develop their interests in these areas.