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Maria Slippen

Community Advisor

Maria Slippen is the communications specialist for the Pelham Public School District. In this role she manages all communications for the school district and is the conduit for information between the Pelham Schools, including the Superintendent’s office, and the community. Maria is a nationally recognized communications expert with nearly 20 years of experience in creating and implementing strategic communications plans with a design toward maximizing results. She started her career at the international PR firm Hill & Knowlton. She was named Director of Corporate Communications at Valhalla-based USI Holdings when the company moved to Westchester in 2003 and later left to start her own firm, MFS Consulting where she was able to take a more broad approach to analyzing outreach efforts to maximize ROI. She also served as a director at Rainmaker Advisory, a West Coast consultancy.Maria served as a Village Trustee in Croton on Hudson, New York from 2014-2016. She currently serves on the Cortlandt Master Plan Implementation Committee and is active in many Croton organizations including AYSO, Girl Scouts, The Croton Arboretum, and Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School and Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School PTAs. She previously served on the Cortlandt Master Planning Committee, and held board positions on the Croton-Harmon Education Foundation (CHEF) and the Croton Caring Committee. She is a 12-year resident of Westchester along with her husband and two daughters. Maria holds a BA in English from Fairfield University.

Maria Slippen's Contributions

  1. Pelham Board To Honor Retiring Teachers At Meeting

    Pelham Board To Honor Retiring Teachers At Meeting

    PELHAM, N.Y. -- The Board of Education of the Pelham Public Schools will meet Tuesday, June 7.The following retiring educators will be recognized at this meeting:Linda Mancia, Larry Ryan, and Carla Tarazi.In addition to Dr. Giarrizzo's Superintendent's report, the agenda includes updates from each school board committee, Garcia on 21st Century Learning and Professional Development, ...

  2. Pelham Grants Tenure To Seven Educators

    Pelham Grants Tenure To Seven Educators

    PELHAM, N.Y. -- Pelham Public Schools honored seven educators with tenure at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, May 25. “Last night I had the good fortune of presenting the following candidates to the Board of Education for tenure, Superintendent of Schools Peter Giarrizzo said. "It was an amazing celebration of good teaching as well as a chance for us to recognize seven of ...

  3. Pelham Student Places Second At International Science Fair

    Pelham Student Places Second At International Science Fair

    PELHAM, N. Y. -- Pelham High School's Megan Ploch finished in second place in the environmental engineering competition at the recent Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Ariz., officials said.The May 12-13 competition featured more than 1,700 young scientists selected from 410 affiliate fairs throughout the world. Finalists are selected annually.Projects are ...

  4. Hutchinson Elementary School Gets New Principal

    Hutchinson Elementary School Gets New Principal

    PELHAM, N.Y. -- The Hutchinson Elementary School in Pelham will have a new principal as of July 1, district officials say.The Board of Education confirmed on Tuesday, May 24, Schools Superintendent Peter Giarrizzo’s choice of Trisha Nugent Fitzgerald as the head of the Third Avenue school.She will replace Cara Tarazi, who is retiring at the end of June and moving to California.The ...

  5. Pelham Announces New Parking, Dropoff Procedures At High School

    Pelham Announces New Parking, Dropoff Procedures At High School

    PELHAM, N.Y. -- The Village of Pelham has worked with Pelham Public Schools on ways to improve pedestrian safety in front of Pelham Memorial High School.Families are encouraged to drop off children at the newly painted "Drop Off Zone" along the north side of Colonial Avenue.Students should not be dropped off along the south side of Colonial Avenue or on Corlies Avenue near the ...

  6. Swingles Perform At Pelham Memorial High School

    Swingles Perform At Pelham Memorial High School

    PELHAM, N.Y. -- The London-based acapella group “The Swingles,” ran a workshop for Maria Abeshouse’s six to 12 grade chorus students and then treated them to a private concert. Approximately 250 chorus students were able to enjoy unique experience. For more on this group check them out on the web at this link.

  7. Croton-Harmon Deems Schools' Drinking Water Safe

    Croton-Harmon Deems Schools' Drinking Water Safe

    CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- The following is a message to the Croton-Harmon school community from the co-chairs of the District Health and Safety Committee Paul Gibbons and Thomas Cunningham.Recently in the media there have been reports about lead detection in school water supplies. The District engaged the company Louis Berger and Associates, P.C. to conduct lead testing in all three ...

  8. Hutchinson Elementary School Holds First Spelling Bee

    Hutchinson Elementary School Holds First Spelling Bee

    PELHAM, N.Y. -- Hutchinson Elementary School held its first spelling bee contest on Friday, May 13.Parents, teachers and classmates packed into the school gym for the the spelling contest. Having conquered words like "obsidian," "inquisitive" and "joust," the winning word was, surprisingly, "taught." The first-place winner was fourth-grader ...

  9. Pelham School Board Calls 2 Meetings For Next Week

    Pelham School Board Calls 2 Meetings For Next Week

    PELHAM, N.Y. -- The Board of Education will hold two meeting next week, one private and one open to the public on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, the board will immediately enter into executive session to discuss matters related to attorney-client privilege. On Tuesday, the public session of the regular meeting is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. in the library on the second floor of Pelham ...

  10. Pelham Explores Habits Of Mind

    Pelham Explores Habits Of Mind

    PELHAM, N.Y. -- Dr. Richard Limato introduced Habit of Mind Listening with Understanding and Empathy at The Prospect Hill May Town Meeting. Students watched an animated feature, performed an original play, had a thoughtful discussion and students paused to think before raising their hands without prompting.

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