Department of Education

Meet Dr. Peter Bonaccorsi


Assistant Professor of Education
Director of Educational Administration, Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education

Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Nova Southeastern University
C.A.G.S., Supervision and Evaluation, Southern Connecticut State University
M.A. in Elementary Education, University of Connecticut
Bachelor of Music Education, Boston University

Phone:  (603) 897-8564
Email:  pbonaccorsi@rivier.edu

Courses Taught
  • Budget and Facilities Management
  • School Finance
  • Internship Seminar: Principal Assessment of District Performance Indicators
  • Issues and Policy in Public Education

Specialties/Research Interests

  • Educational leadership: How do legislative issues; policies and procedures; federal, state, and local regulations; and advocacy efforts influence and inspire school-based administrators?
  • Professional development planning and evaluation: Is student achievement improved when a targeted professional development activity is planned, developed, and implemented based upon student and staff data? 

Background/Accomplishments
Dr. Bonaccorsi began his professional career as a K-12 music teacher. He has also taught Grades 5 and 6, and, for 28 years, worked as a New Hampshire public school administrator prior to joining the faculty at Rivier University. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Bonaccorsi serves as the Director of Educational Administration, Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education programs.

He is a Past-President of the New Hampshire Association of School Principals (NHASP) and former NHASP Elementary Representative to the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). Dr. Bonaccorsi is a member of the Executive Board of the NHASP and the Board of Trustees for the Gate City Charter School for the Arts.

Dr. Bonaccorsi has presented at the national and state levels on topics related to professional development evaluation, generational leadership, and Response To Intervention (RTI). He has served on the New Hampshire RTI Task Force and the Principal Evaluation Committees of the NHASP and the NAESP. As an advocate for students and educators, Dr. Bonaccorsi has been involved in legislative efforts in Concord and Washington, D.C., advocating for issues ranging from the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and student growth over time to increased support for students and families in need of assistance.

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