Tompkins Weekly Staff
ITHACA – The Ithaca Public Education Initiative will soon have new leadership.
The IPEI Board of Directors has chosen Steven Manley as its new executive director. He brings classroom teaching experience, dynamic leadership, team-building expertise, and an understanding of IPEI’s impact in Ithaca schools.
“We are thrilled to have someone with Steve’s combination of experiences and level of commitment to educational outcomes join our organization,” said IPEI Board President Matthew Braun in a prepared statement. “He is an innovative educator who has developed connections with community partners to enhance his students’ learning experiences.”
During his dozen years of experience teaching in the Washington, DC, area, Manley was a department chair and a team leader for various school-based professional learning communities. In addition, he had management experiences with the Junior National Young Leaders Conference and Rodney Boy Scout Reservation.
“I believe in the power of education to connect students to their community, and that’s exactly the foundation of IPEI’s mission,” said Manley in a prepared statement. “As a teacher, I have witnessed that the strength of the school is linked to the strength of its community connections.”
Manley has a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education: Social Studies from Mount St. Mary’s College in Maryland, and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from George Washington University.
“My first priority is to meet as many stakeholders across the Ithaca City School District and the community as possible,” he said, “and to encourage more volunteers and supporters to become involved with IPEI.”
Manley succeeds Christine Sanchirico who is stepping down after three years as IPEI’s first executive director.
“Steve’s leadership in school settings and management of youth-serving organizations impressed us,” Braun said. “We are confident he will apply this background to IPEI’s mission connecting the district with the local community to enhance the education of every student.”
Manley will be relocating to Ithaca with his wife, Aubryn Sidle, and their two children.