Meet the Assistant Principal: Mrs. Rexha

Mrs. Dori Rexha — Lavelle Prep High School

How long have you been with ICS?

I have been with ICS since the beginning, 2009. During my time at Lavelle Prep, I taught middle school and high school mathematics courses as well as Financial Algebra. In 2009, I assumed the role of Test Coordinator and in 2011, I became the Math Coach for Lavelle Prep. In September of 2019, I became the proud Founding Assistant Principal of Nicotra Early College, and this year I will be the Assistant Principal of Lavelle Prep, High School division. I am also a proud recipient of Andrew Lanza’s Staten Island Teacher Appreciation  Award in 2011.

Where did you go to school?

I received my first BA in Social Studies from the University of Tirana in Albania, and my second BA in Mathematics from the College of Staten Island. I earned my first M.S. Ed in Education also from the College of Staten Island, and as a recipient of a Race to the Top Grant, I received my Second M.S. Ed in School and Building Leadership from Wagner College.

Tell us about yourself!

I grew up in Albania, and have lived in Staten Island for the last 20 years. I have been happily married for 24 years and have a son. Both my husband and my son have engineering degrees.

I love to read and to travel. I always like to experience new cultures and environments.

What is the best part of your job?

I truly believe in the saying, “To teach is to touch the future. It is our sacred duty to make certain that the future we touch is touched gently and with great reverence for the possibilities inherent in each student.”

When a student comes back to visit the school and asks to speak with me, I know that I have been able to touch a life. When I get a thank you note from a child whom I helped solve a friendship issue, or helped to graduate, then I know why I get up at five each morning, and why I don’t return home until late. When a student stops me in the hall “just to chat,” I am reminded of why I decided to not only give this career a try, but to pursue it, believe in it, and live it.

Favorite Quote?

“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.” — Eleanor Roosevelt