Connetquot ElementarySchool gets a new principal
EAST ISLIP—Nicholas Bilotti was recently named the new principal of East Islip Connetquot Elementary School, replacing Danielle Flaumenhaft.
Principal Bilotti, now in his 23rd year with the district, previously worked as an assistant principal at East Islip Middle School and East Islip High School, and before that as a high school social studies teacher.
Bilotti, an East Setauket resident, earned his bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University. “As far as I can remember, I’ve always had a love for history,” he said. “As a little boy, one of my favorite memories was when my father took me to Sagamore Hill. The impression that Teddy Roosevelt’s home left on me is one that I’ll always remember.”
It was a little difficult for Bilotti to pick a favorite historical period, but he ultimately chose the Greco-Roman era. “It was the foundation of representative government and democracy, whose principles would eventually lead to the birth of our great nation,” he said.
Bilotti also has a master’s degree in elementary education from Dowling College and a master’s degree in administration from SBU. “Like many just out of college, my first jobs were substitute and short-term leave replacement positions in several districts,” he added.
Being with the district for more than two decades, Bilotti says he has already had the privilege of connecting with many families in the community. “A lot of children I had in class as a teacher are now parents of my students,” he said, adding that he’s always prided himself in being available to anyone. “I’m excited to get to know the Connetquot family, both staff and students alike, and promise to always keep my door open.”
Born and raised in Hauppauge, Bilotti says he is lucky to have his parents, three siblings, and nine nieces and nephews still living nearby.
Bilotti and his wife, a Texas native, moved to East Setauket in 2009. “I proposed to her in our home shortly after we became the new owners,” he said, adding that he met his wife in 2007 while she was visiting New York City. The couple has three children: 6- and 4-year-old daughters, and a 2-year-old son.
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