Paul's leadership style is inclusive of someone who faces unsurmountable challenges with poise and a big heart. Even though his title is Building School Principal, he is much more than that. He is a fundraiser, a role model, and a mentor to the students. He is a change agent who always has the students first and foremost in mind. He is someone who understands how vital the building chair departments are and does everything in his power to help strengthen what they do. He is not someone who just talks about change. He is someone who makes change happen.
Paul began his career in I.S. 292 Middle School in East New York, Brooklyn. He taught 8th grade English for 6 years. He then transitioned to school Dean for 2 years. As he completed his first master’s degree from New York Institute of Technology, he served as an Administrative Assistant.
Not long thereafter, he completed his second master’s degree for Supervision at the College of Saint Rose and began his career as a school administrator. He worked at P.S. 45 Elementary School in South Ozone Park, Queens for 5 years. In 2006, Paul joined the Wyandanch UFSD. He served as the high school Assistant Principal and remained in that capacity for 3 years. In 2009, he was promoted to building Principal and continues to serve the Wyandanch Learning Community in the same regard.
Paul is a very passionate, caring, and determined individual who does not sit idly by watching. One of our district’s goals is to foster a college going culture. When the counseling staff identified financial constraints as being one of the causes of our students not following through with the college careers, Mr. Sibblies reached out to the community, friends and alumni. One such person was Geoffrey Canada, former WUFSD alumni and founder and president of the Harlem Children's Zone and well known educator and activist. With Mr. Canada, they created the Geoffrey Canada Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund aids graduates throughout their college years. Also through Mr. Sibblies’ fundraising campaigns, the counselor department was able to take the students on a number of college tours.
In 1977, Mr. Paul Sibblies migrated from Jamaica, West Indies, to the United States where he was raised by both his mother and father. Both of his parents valued education; especially since his mother was an educator on the island of Jamaica. Wyandanch High School serves a large (and ever growing) immigrant population. Mr. Sibblies leads by example. He lets the students know that if he could do it, then they could as well. As the Principal, Paul has fostered many initiatives for academic success, and the overall wellbeing of students. For instance, he implemented a school uniform into the dress code which has brought a reduction in non-academic distractions, less stress to parents struggling to dress their children in the latest fashions, and a feeling of unity amongst the learning community. Again, he sought out various community and educational stakeholders to defray the cost of the uniforms. Through generous donations, complimentary uniforms were provided to students. The uniforms are not only for the students, but the staff are expected to wear them as well.
Lastly, Paul is a mentor. Unlike many principals of the past, where students are afraid to be sent to the principal’s office, our students seek out the principal for guidance at times. Paul Sibblies attended Hofstra University as an undergraduate. While there, he became a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Seeing the trials and tribulations the young men in Wyandanch high school had to face each day, he decided to create a program which would help produce positive young male leaders. With the help of his fraternity, he started the young men’s mentoring program called the Kappa League. Through this program students receive the support for their social and spiritual wellbeing which leads them to acquire healthy attitudes, behaviors and relationships. This program enables students to live productive lives and become well-rounded citizens in society. Mr. Sibblies mentoring does not stop there. His passion extends outside of the high school to the Westbury Juvenile Detention Center, NY where he mentors wayward youth who have been involved in criminal activity. Currently, Paul attends Ebenezer United Pentecostal Church as his place of worship. He serves as the Sunday School Director, Praise and Worship Leader, plays saxophone and the drums.