York Academy Regional Charter School’s board of trustees has chosen James Pastore as the school’s next chief academic officer, starting July 1.
Pastore is a Philadelphia native with more than 20 years of experience in education, most recently as director of the Antigua International School in Guatemala, according to a news release. Pastore has experience working with International Baccalaureate curriculum and diverse learning communities, the release says.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s in administration from the College of New Jersey. His work experience includes teaching English at Archbishop Ryan High School in Philadelphia as well as teaching English in Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Columbia, the release says.
He worked as a bilingual liaison for Hispanic students in the Lancaster City School District and in 2000, became middle school principal at the Marymount International School in Rome, Italy. He also spent five years as director of two schools in Italy.
“James has shown a commitment to programmatic excellence in each of his schools,” Dennis Baughman, president of the board, said in the news release. “He has experience in maximizing the quality and impact of all his students’ academic experience, and in fostering a community of learners in the student body, while also building a sustainable financial model to support each of his goals. We believe this student-centered approach paired with strong administrative skills is a perfect fit for our students and a tremendous asset for our community. We look forward to James’ tenure with us”.
Pastore follows Kathleen Eshbach, who left the CAO position in the fall. According to a post on the school’s website, Mary Nardo is serving as substitute chief academic officer until June 28.