Manor resident and former Pelham schools chief returns to work in Westchester as head of Mount Pleasant district

Dr. Peter Giarizzo, who served as superintendent of the Pelham Union Free School District for four years through 2017, is returning to Westchester County to head up the Mount Pleasant Central School District.

Giarizzo, a Pelham Manor resident, is currently superintendent of the North Shore Central School District in Sea Cliff on Long Island, where he will finish almost four years in the top post before joining Mount Pleasant on July 1.

He served as assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and personnel in Pelham from July 2011 to June 2013 before being picked for the district’s top job.

With Mount Pleasant, Giarrizzo is returning to a district where he previously worked from 2004 to 2007, serving as director of instructional services.

During that time, “Giarrizzo provided leadership to special education as well as the entire instructional program,” said a statement issued by the Mount Pleasant School Board in early April. “He worked collaboratively with our teachers and principals to organize a process aimed at an assured curriculum for all students while bringing a cohesive approach to the ways that special education programs and services were delivered to students.”

“Mount Pleasant has served as one of the most formative experiences of my career as an educator and leader,” Giarrizzo said in the statement. “The opportunity to return as your superintendent of schools is exciting and one that I will embark upon with hard work, intense focus and integrity.”

Giarrizzo has a doctorate in educational administration and supervision from Rutgers University. He received a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Long Island University. His undergraduate degree in special education is from SUNY Geneseo.