Laurie Abbate Ryan

Laurie has been a Cortlandt Manor resident for 30 years. She and her husband, Rich, are the proud parents of three bright and beautiful children. They have thoroughly loved living in our wonderful family-oriented town. She loves having fun with her family, her dogs, sports, music and art, skiing, taking care of her yard, going to the beach and spending time on the water. She has volunteered her time as a HenHud Board trustee, town coach and swim parent. She also coached AAU Basketball.

Laurie received her School Leadership Certification from the College of New Rochelle, her Masters degrees in Education and Mathematics from Manhattanville College, and her Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Pace University.

Laurie was a high school math teacher and Math Department Chairperson for 36 years. She was responsible for curriculum development; evaluation; budgets; staying current with state mandates; fostering relationships with community, parents and colleges; goal setting; and providing opportunities for professional and academic growth. Laurie was a member of the Curriculum Council, District Strategic Planning Committee, Leadership Team, Union Negotiating Team, and the Emergency Management Team. She has created numerous state plans including Safety Plans, and Building and Facility Improvements. Laurie was also the Senior Class Coordinator which involves an immense amount of organization, communication and planning skills. Her favorite part of teaching was the close relationships built with hundreds of students, mentoring them, and keeping in touch with them.

She served as a trustee on the Hendrick Hudson Board of Education for 12 years. She is proud to have been part of teams that successfully negotiated numerous bargaining agreements, passed 12 budgets, and 5 bonds. She redesigned board/staff/community communications with the creation of Meet and Greets because she believed that the community was not being heard. Laurie has held positions on several committees including Finance, Policy, Facilities, Safety, Curriculum and Strategic Planning. She worked with the Board and Superintendent for strategies regarding the closing of Indian Point as well as both sides of the school community regarding the controversial Princeton Plan model.

Both positions have provided her years of experience in leadership, management, and patience—and that's not even the mom of three and wife of 28 years part!

Laurie says, "I am excited to work with everyone, as your full-time supervisor, to reinvigorate a safe, beautiful and prosperous Cortlandt."