His teaching journey took him to other schools in different boroughs, but when the opportunity presented itself to come back to Bryant, he was eager to take the offer.
“This is really my community as well,” Manolios said. “To be able to come back here to serve and give is great.”
Since 2016, Manolios has served as assistant principal. It just so happens that the principal, Namita Dwarka, also started her career as a Bryant High School teacher.
When Manolios came back, he realized “all of the work that was done” to move the school forward, but he noted that there was still room for improvement.
“It takes a team effort in anything you do,” he said. “We work great together, and so does the rest of the cabinet and everybody here.”
Having led other school administrations, Manolios said he considers Bryant High School a gem. In other schools, especially those with four or five schools housed in one building, it’s difficult to build a sense of community for the faculty and students alike.
But that’s not the case at Bryant, Manolios said, where the school community feels that sense of pride.
“They’re happy to be here,” he said. “They’re not looking at the clock and waiting to leave the building.”
Manolios also considers Bryant a “community high school” because it houses ESL classes for parents, performances year-round, and even sports events that are open to the public.
“We welcome the community in everything we do here,” he said. “We serve the students, but we also serve people all over Queens.”