Welcome back, Mr. DeRosa

Alexandra Fennelly, Editor-in-Chief

Mental health has been a topic that has been more and more openly talked about among people especially within schools. High school in particular is a very hard time for most teenagers and it’s important to know how to deal and manage your emotions. Fortunately our new social worker, Mr. DeRosa is here to help. Mr. DeRosa grew up in Hampton Bays and even attended Hampton Bays High School; in fact, some of his teachers are still teaching here to this day. 

His career as a social worker started as something he did between performances. He performed for years and has a huge passion for singing. He even showcased his talent at a recent football game while singing the National Anthem. In between performances, he worked at the school, pursuing his career here and helping kids whenever he could. He didn’t always want to be in education, but now he is confident in his decision here at Hampton Bays High School.    

Mr. DeRosa got his undergraduate degree at Wagner College and continued his educational journey at Stony Brook University where he received his master’s degree. This is his first year working as a social worker in any school. His reason for choosing Hampton Bays seemed to be a simple one. “I loved this school and its community intimacy and close knit community,” said Mr. DeRosa when describing why he chose to work in Hampton Bays High School. 

In his free time his performance roots still shine and his love for singing and performing continues to this day. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends and expressed how he likes taking runs during his free time. 

These past school years have been challenging for everyone, both the teachers and their students. Being a social worker has become very important now more than ever to connect with students and ensure their happiness and mental health are being put first. “My goal is to make students know they aren’t alone and that there are resources for them here at the school,” said Mr. DeRosa.