A native of Long Island, Dr. Tornatore joins Riverhead from the Liberty Central School District in Liberty, New York, where he served as Superintendent of Schools since 2018 and as Assistant Superintendent starting in 2016. Prior to Liberty, he served as the Director of Social Studies, K-12 in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District in Newburgh, New York. He also held the roles of Social Studies Supervisor and Administrator for Alternative, Adult and Community Programs in the Baldwin Union Free School District. He began his educational career as a social studies teacher at East Rockaway Junior/Senior High School.
Dr. Tornatore is a nominee for the 2021, 2022 and 2023 New York Superintendent of the Year program. Additionally, he won the Sullivan County Health and Wellness Medal for Excellence two years in a row. He is the recipient of the 2021 Educational Leadership Award from the Mid-Hudson School Study Council and was recently selected for inclusion in the Trademark Who’s Who Honors Edition for “demonstrating leadership and professional excellence.” He also was inducted into the Hicksville High School Hall of Fame.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from SUNY Stony Brook; a master’s degree in secondary education/English and a professional diploma in School Administration and Supervision from CUNY Queens College; and a Doctor of Education in administration and supervision from St. John’s University.
He is a member of a variety of professional organizations, including the American Association of School Administrators and the former president of the Mid-Hudson Catskill Council of School Superintendents.
Dr. Tornatore is a child advocate who is honored to serve the students and families of the Riverhead Central School District.