Board of Education Profiles

Catherine Flanagan

Cathy Flanagan, resident of Plainedge since 1992, was elected to the Plainedge Board of Education in 2005. Mrs. Flanagan served as Vice President of the School Board and has been the Board President for multiple years. Mrs. Flanagan, a staunch advocate for the children and taxpayers of Plainedge, continues to bring tax stability to the district while delivering a quality education.

Mrs. Flanagan has been recognized numerous times by the New York State School Board Association (NYSSBA), earning NYSSBA’s Leadership in Governance and Master Boardsmanship Awards, the School Board URecognition Award, the Board Excellence Award, and the Board Mastery Award.  In 2013 NYSSBA appointed Mrs. Flanagan to  the National School Board’s Federal Relations Network where she represents Plainedge on the federal level and has access to members of Congress throughout the year to discuss NSBA’s and NYSSBA’s positions on key education issues.

Mrs. Flanagan’s dedication to community service in Plainedge has also earned her Nassau County’s prestigious Women of Distinction Award in 2009 and the New York State Assembly’s Woman of Distinction Award in 2016.

Raymond Paris

Raymond Paris, became a resident of the district in 1994, and is also a member of the Plainview Fire Department.

He has two college-aged children and more than 25 years of leadership and management experience in the business sector. As a vice president of operations, he has gained key skills in negotiation, collaboration and problem-solving through teamwork.

Mr. Paris believes that his “real-world experience,” combined with his desire to work with others to create a world-class educational system while demanding smart usage of our limited resources, will be an asset to the school board. He is also active with the PAL Lacrosse league.

Jennifer M.

Mrs. Maggio has been a Plainedge resident for 8 years. She has thee daughters who attend and will attend Eastplain. She is a 20 year veteran in the field of education - first as a classroom teacher and now as a literacy specialist. Mrs. Maggio is excited to serve this strong community that puts children first.

Lynnda N.

The Plainedge School District has continued to thrive for as long as I have been a resident.  The main issue facing our schools is to sustain the quality of the educational programs whilst maintaining appropriate funding and or taxes for all community members. 

As a board member, it will be a responsibility of my position to ensure we are fiscally responsible, generate the best programs for all children, and focus on competing for excellence with our neighboring communities and/or school districts.  The goal of school boards is to meet the varying needs of the community and to listen, support and maintain sound decision making policies for the betterment of student achievement at all levels.  As a newly elected board member, it will be a privilege to serve the Plainedge Community.


J. Netto

Dr. Joseph Netto, a 13 year resident of Plainedge, has been a School Psychologist for over 15 years and an adjunct professor at Hofstra University and Brooklyn College where he conducts New York State mandated trainings in the Dignity for All Students Act.  He is the father of two children, both of whom attend Schwarting Elementary School.  Dr. Netto is a staunch advocate for students and he is committed to providing exceptional educational, social, athletic, and service learning opportunities for all in the Plainedge School District.  It is his belief that improving positive school cultures through inclusion and respect along with focusing on the mental health needs of children are paramount. Dr. Netto is excited to foster the already strong collaboration between Plainedge schools and the community.

Sonny S.

Sonny Spagnuolo is a 20-year Plainedge resident and a self-employed realtor/real estate investor. Sonny is the father of three children who attend the Plainedge schools. 

He comes from a family of educators and believes that a strong education is the root and the foundation of a fulfilling and rewarding life. He is currently continuing his own education toward earning his college degree. Sonny has been serving the children of Plainedge since 2006 as a soccer coach and as a board member of the Plainedge Soccer Club. He is also a coach and a member of the Plainedge Youth Baseball League. Sonny recently founded “Rocco’s Voice for Autism,” a not-for-profit charity dedicated to helping children who are on the Autism spectrum and their families.


Sisi T

Sisi Wong Townson, a resident of Plainedge since 2004, worked as a corporate travel agent for a number of years before opening up a successful entertainment travel business in 1999.  Working with top entertainment acts, the success of this business eventually led to an article being written in the Money section of USA Today in 2002.

While Sisi currently owns and operates her own business, she is actively involved in the Plainedge PTA community, having not only been a volunteer but also holding the position of chairperson to different committees as well as serving on the PTA board.  Positions have included 
Co-President for both the Charles E. Schwarting and the Plainedge Middle School PTA.


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