Meet Stacy Robitaille, New Central/Western NY CSTAC Assistant Director!

Stacy Robitaille, C/W CSTAC Asst. Director

Hello! My name is Stacy Robitaille and I’m thrilled to be a part of the NYSED C/W Community School Technical Assistance Center.

The Community School model has been embedded in my educational philosophy for as long as I can remember. My first jobs included working summer camps, Headstart, and teaching after-school dance classes. After graduating from SUNY Potsdam, my first teaching opportunities began in early kindergarten and preschool classrooms. There I taught extended-day enrichment activities to many young ESL students. Seeing how vital family life and parent involvement were to a child’s development, I started my own family engagement class called Lil’ Learners. These weekly classes, full of art, music, and hands-on learning, proved beneficial on many levels and highlighted the importance of parents and teachers working together. While originally developed solely as a space for kids to grow and learn, this play space soon became a weekly ritual for adults to connect with their children, engage with their community, and form lasting friendships with people in their neighborhoods. Running these classes for 12 years, I saw the true value of building positive partnerships between schools and parents.

I also spent time as the Youth Director for the Binghamton, Jewish Community Center, where I ran After School Care and programming for students on days off from school. I worked to hire many Binghamton University students to engage and mentor these school-aged children. We offered several expanded learning opportunities, including cooking classes, chess club, and art programs.

I look forward to continuing my professional work with the Binghamton University Community Schools Technical Assistance Center and helping to reimagine schools to work for ALL students.

To contact Stacy, email cstac@binghamton.edu.