John Shorter
Leadership, Teacher Training, Music Ed., Current Education Trends, Curriculum Design, 21st Century Skills, School Theater

Mr. Pergola is the retired Director of Fine Arts from the William Floyd School District on Eastern Long Island, New York. A graduate of the New York College of Music, he received his undergraduate degree and teacher certification from Dowling College, a Masters Degree from SUNY Stony Brook and his Administrative Degree from
C.W. Post University.

During his tenure at William Floyd, he taught elementary, middle school and high school band. His performance ensembles received the highest rating at New York State Ensemble Adjudication for 21 consecutive years.

After being named Director of Fine Arts, the William Floyd Music Department was named a MENC Model Music Program. The New York State Theater Association and the National Theater Association also named Mr. Pergola, Administrator of Year.

He serves as a member of the New York State Council of School Music Administrators and a member of the Advisory Board of the New York State Band Directors Association. Mr. Pergola is a published author with four (4) books to his credit and serves as a frequent clinician at MENC Conferences throughout the United States. He currently works for the National Education Service Company as Director of Education and Arts Dvelopment and is a member of the adjunct faculty at C.W.Post / Long Island University.