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The Bridges Academy Welcomes Seasoned Teacher as New Head of School

The Bridges Academy Welcomes Seasoned Teacher as New Head of School


The Bridges Academy in West Islip is pleased to welcome Stephen Edward Rubenacker as the new Head of School, who began this past July. Mr. Rubenacker has been an independent school educator for almost 20 years, starting in public school before moving to the Friends Academy Middle School. He has taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Social Studies, coached multiple sports, and served as the middle school principal for 10 years. 

As division head for Friends Academy, Rubenacker made many positive influential changes to the school. In addition to increasing time spent on literacy and math instruction, Rubenacker implemented a one-to-one iPad initiative, worked with INDEX (the national bench marking group for independent schools) to implement the Mission Skills Assessment, revised disciplinary codes, and worked on faculty evaluation, scheduling, and professional development.



In collaboration with the admissions team, he reached record levels of enrollment within his divison.  

Rubenacker then assumed the headship of the Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach Florida where he initiated various programs in math, literacy, and STEM education. He also oversaw a complete rebranding initiative to improve the school's identity. With the help of the Rosarian Academy admissions team, Rubenacker improved philanthropic efforts within the institution, reaching a record level of fundraising through annual giving. 

Rubenacker grew up on Long Island and attended North Shore High School. He received a masters of education from Dowling College with a combined focus in Literacy and Special Education in grades Kindergarten-12. He is the husband of Kate and father of two boys, Thomas (8) and Daniel (7).

Image Courtesy Bridges Academy

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