Director Wottawa Earns Doctorate

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Robert J. Wottawa II, who was named the district’s new director of art and music last August, was recently awarded a doctoral degree from LIU Post.

Dr. Wottawa previously served as as department chairperson for music and fine arts at Longwood School District, and earned his bachelor’s degree in classical guitar performance from Franklin Pierce University and his master’s degree in music education from LIU Post.

His doctoral research, defended at Post on Dec. 15, elicited expert advice from mentor teachers to improve first-year teachers and their first-year experience throughout Long Island and the lower metropolitan area. The research focused on the development of tacit knowledge and transference of that knowledge to others in order to improve education. His work was published through the ProQuest library database and can be accessed for free.

“I had always hoped to complete my doctorate, and I now hope to provide positive impact to our field through scholarly articles and presentations across the United States,” said Dr. Wottawa.