Mr. Cimato grew up in the Town of Tonawanda and attended St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. Growing up, Mr. Cimato spent the majority of his summers learning from Ken-Ton educators and participating in the Summer Musical Theater Workshops, inspiring him to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the State University College of New York at Buffalo (Buffalo State).
Mr. Cimato began his career in 1998 at Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy in Buffalo, New York, teaching fifth and sixth grade. While teaching, he earned a Master of Science degree from Canisius College with a concentration in Educational Administration. He soon became a Supervisor of Elementary Education for the Buffalo Public Schools (BPS), working in the Office of Leadership and Evaluation. During the summer of 2003, Mr. Cimato married his wife, Michelle, a Kenmore West graduate, and became an Assistant Principal at Grabiarz School of Excellence, a middle school in the District. The next four years would help lay the foundation for Mr. Cimato to become an instructional leader in BPS while also starting a young family. He was then appointed Principal of North Park Middle Academy, where he spent the next three years of his career close to where he had grown up in Ken-Ton.
In 2010, Mr. Cimato was appointed as Principal of Hutchinson Central Technical High School (Hutch Tech.), providing him with additional insight into leadership through an enriching secondary experience. Then, in November of 2015, Mr. Cimato was asked to once again become part of the Buffalo central office team, this time as Associate Superintendent of School Leadership. Mr. Cimato joined the Cabinet team to help lead the Buffalo Schools into a renaissance that would prove to be critical in the development and growth of the school system. Graduation rates in Buffalo have climbed to a 16-year high while 10 new innovative high schools and programs have been completely reimagined and redesigned under his leadership.
Sabatino Cimato is proud to be back home to lead the Ken-Ton schools into the future while focusing on the traditions and successes of the past.