Dr. Gregory P. Eck
Current Employment: Headmaster, Upper Room Christian School, Dix Hills, NY - 2014–present
Prior Position: Principal, Upper Room Christian School, Dix Hills, NY - 1994–2014
School Responsibilities: Headmaster of a private, non-denominational Christian school; grades Pre-K to 12th. Oversee a faculty and staff of 22. Report to: church board. Oversee the educational development of two Chinese Joint-Venture schools.
l Oversee all areas of school administration, including: hiring of school personnel; staff development; curriculum selection, supervision of instruction and staff evaluation; Director of High School Guidance; computer/technology supervision, including hardware/software purchasing decisions; New York State testing administration; planning and implementing technology usage in the classroom; maintain critical school records, including report cards and high school transcripts. Oversee all school finances including payroll, accounts receivable and accounts payable.
l Established a cooperative extension program with St. John’s University, making it possible for our students to take up to 10 college classes for St. John’s University credits, on-site, at our school. Some of our students have completed a full semester of college courses while attending Upper Room Christian School.
l Implemented a unique College Preparatory 1+3 Program (CPA Program) for international Chinese students, offering them ESL, TOEFL Prep classes, college courses and AP courses in an intensive, one-year college preparatory program.
l Developed a partnership with Suffolk County Community College, allowing Upper Room students to take up to 24 college credits through Suffolk’s Early College Program.
l Developed a dual enrollment program with Western Suffolk BOCES, allowing our students to take courses at several BOCES schools for high school credits and career training in any of 30 programs offered.
l Taught Foundations of Education (EDU1000) and Human Development (EDU1001) as college courses at Upper Room Christian School for St. John’s University credit for the past 16 years as part of a Special and Opportunity Program (cooperative extension program).
l Established one of the largest and most comprehensive Special Education programs of any private K-12 Christian School on Long Island, giving daily Resource Room and speech and language services to as many as 35+ IEP students annually.
l Obtained approval from Dept. of Homeland Security to issue I-20s to F-1 foreign exchange students. Developed successful foreign exchange student program at Upper Room Christian School, bringing students to our school from over 30 countries since 1999.
l Worked with high school graduates from 1985 to present to gain college acceptance and college scholarships. 100% of last year’s graduates went on to college, with over $1M in total scholarships.
l Made Upper Room Christian School a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal School, offering $60,000 scholarships to one graduate each year (since 2004).
l Served as President of the Long Island Fellowship of Christian Schools from 2000 to 2010, an association of 14+ Christian schools in the Long Island / New York City area.
l Responsible for developing school advertising and recruiting of new students, including developing admissions policy, and conducting personal interviews of all new applicants.
l Inaugurated a FACTS Management tuition payment plan and policy that required automatic deduction and monthly payments from checking / saving accounts, thereby increasing total annual revenue.
l Implemented school financial aid; formulated annual tuition pricing; multiple child discounts; implemented our “Recruit-A-Family” program that has increased student enrollment. Instrumental in setting up church and school accounting system in QuickBooks Pro.
l Oversee application and receipt of major grants from New York State Education department, including NYS Mandated Services aid.
l Organized several College Fairs at Upper Room featuring public, private, Christian and secular colleges, including Harvard and Yale Universities.
Part time employment: Varsity Tutors September 2018 – present. Provide private tutoring to high school students in SAT and ACT exam preparation; tutoring elementary and middle school students in reading.
Recent part-time employment: Cassametta Provisions – Massapequa, NY 2012-2019. Handled accounts receivable in this $10,000,000 per year Boar’s Head distributorship.
Prior Employment: Teacher, Upper Room Christian School, 1981-1994. Taught many subjects from grades 5-12, including math, English, science, social studies, especially Global History and U.S. History. Also served as High School Principal and Director of Guidance from September 1989 to June 1994.
Prior Employment: (continued) Music Teacher - Our Lady of Lourdes School, West Islip, NY; Our Lady of Lourdes School, Massapequa Park; O.L.P.H. School, Lindenhurst, NY from 1976-1981. Duties included teaching music theory to K-8 students in 3 Catholic schools.
Earned doctorate from Dowling College (Ed. D.), May 2011 in Educational Administration, Leadership and Technology
SAS/SDA – New York State Certification Program for Educational Administration; Dowling College, 1995
Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Adelphi University, 1982
Master’s degree in Divinity (M. Div.) – Regent University – May 2012
B.A. degree in Music Education, Dowling College, 1976
High School Education - St. John the Baptist D.H.S., West Islip, NY, 1972
Publications: Dissertation – The Gesell Developmental Observation: Eight Case Studies in Identifying Special Needs (May 2011) Abstract found at: http://gradworks.umi.com/34/72/3472655.html
Co-authored and presented papers pertaining to supervision of instruction at three international educational conferences in 2009:
International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (January 2009)
Hawaiian International Conference on Education (January 2009)
American Educational Research Association (AERA - April 2009)
New York State Certifications: School District Administrator (Permanent; 2007)
School Administrator and Supervisor (Permanent; 2006)
Music Teacher (Permanent; 2006)
ACSI Certifications: Head of School, Bible Specialist, Guidance Professional and Elementary Teacher
Computer Experience: highly proficient in Windows 10, Mac OS X, Microsoft Office applications, QuickBooks Pro, Quark Xpress, Black Board, Ren Web 1, NVivo 9 qualitative research software, and computer hardware for PCs and Macs
Personal: Married for 38 years. Wife - Ann Marie Eck; two daughters - Nicole and Sar