The New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc. (New York State PTA) welcomes Kyle McCauley Belokopitsky, Esq. as the New York State PTA’s new Executive Director, to begin at the end of June, 2016.
Ms. Belokopitsky has specialized in education policy after years of working in both the New York State Senate and Assembly. She currently represents New York State United Teachers, serving as a PK-12 education lobbyist working on state budget and education funding, and other high profile issues such as testing, Common Core Learning Standards, teacher and principal evaluation and receivership. Prior to serving our state’s teachers, she represented the NYS Council of School Superintendents as Assistant Director for Government Relations and the New York State Catholic Conference as Director of Government Relations.
She has been admitted to practice law in New York and the District Court for the Northern District of New York, and teaches Law and Criminal Justice at Hudson Valley Community College and has taught Education Law at The College of St. Rose Graduate School of Education. She is extremely active in the NYS Educational Conference Board, and is a member of the National Association of Legislative and Political Education Specialists, the NYS Bar Association, and a former member of the NYS Management Association for School Law Attorneys.
Ms. Belokopitsky devotes her free time volunteering at numerous organizations and most importantly, she currently serves in a variety of ways at her son’s school, Gardner Dickinson in North Greenbush.
Ms. Belokopitsky has said, “I am tremendously excited to work with the dedicated staff and team of accomplished leader volunteers to continue the mission of supporting our schools, parents, students and educators. Increasing advocacy and media coverage will allow PTA's influence at the Capitol and across the state to grow.
“Working in concert with region leaders, I hope to continue to re-grow membership and engage parents at the grassroots level in new and innovative ways. Continuing to work with, and increasing the connections with the Education Department and Board of Regents will only benefit our members, and expanding relationships with other educational organizations, including other parent groups, will be critical.
“I am honored and humbled to lead this amazing organization, and hope to work together in supporting what we already know - that PTA makes a difference in the lives of our children each and every day.” Ms. Belokopitsky offered. Educational leaders from across the state had this to add:
“I have known and worked with Kyle since she was employed by the New York State Council of School Superintendents, where she brought considerable ‘Albany insider’ experience to the Council, with well-established personal contacts and an in-depth knowledge of how best to work within the system to achieve desired results. Over the years, Kyle has consistently been among the most active and contributing individuals to the Educational Conference Board, frequently assuming a leadership role.
Over the time we have worked together, Kyle has earned my respect and admiration. I believe that she will make an outstanding Executive Director for the PTA. She has my unqualified recommendation for this position and I look forward to continuing to work with her in this new role.” John Yagielski, Chair, New York State Educational Conference Board.
“Kyle brought creativity, connections, and a tremendous capacity for hard work to our organization. She made lasting contributions to the Council of School Superintendents during her nearly three years with us. PTA chapters, parents and students themselves will benefit from all those strengths and from the critical knowledge she has gained about our state's education system. We look forward to continuing to work with Kyle and the New York State PTA and wish both good fortunes in the years ahead.” Robert Lowry, Deputy Director, New York State Council of School Superintendents.
“As a professional lobbyist and lawyer, Kyle Belokopitsky has a wealth of knowledge about public education advocacy issues, having represented both public and parochial schools as well as teachers and superintendents. She is also a parent of a school age child, which solidifies her credentials as an outstanding choice to be the Executive Director of the NYS PTA. The NYSSBA staff and I look forward to continue working with Kyle in her new role.” Timothy G. Kremer, Executive Director, New York State School Boards Association.
“Kyle Belokopitsky is an experienced and highly respected advocate well-versed in today’s complex education issues. Her leadership will solidify NYS PTA’s reputation as a first class organization representing parent-teacher groups throughout New York and her appointment is a clear sign that parent-teacher organizations across the state will remain at the forefront of effective education advocacy.” Kevin Casey, Executive Director, School Administrators Association of New York State.
"I commend the NYS PTA for hiring a well-respected and engaging leader that will help the organization reach its full potential." Michael J. Borges, Executive Director, New York State Association of School Business Officials.
“Kyle came to us straight from law school, and I knew immediately she had the talent and skills to go far in whatever path she ultimately chose to pursue," said Richard E. Barnes, Executive Director of the New York State Catholic Conference.
"In the years that have followed, I’ve watched her grow into a gifted advocate and seasoned professional. As a knowledgeable lawyer, an engaging lobbyist, and a devoted mother, her new role as Executive Director of New York State PTA is a perfect fit."
“Kyle Belokopitsky is a consummate professional with tremendous knowledge of education policy and holds a real commitment to parents having a meaningful voice. She will be a great asset to the PTA and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with the PTA.” Billy Easton, Executive Director, Alliance for Quality Education.
Ms. Belokopitsky resides in Wynantskill, NY with her husband Doug and two sons, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, on twitter at @kbelokopitsky, or at 518-452-8808.