2017-08-11 / School

Two new assistant principals introduced


Garden City’s two elementary schools, Stewart and Stratford, will have new assistant principals when they open in September.

Michelle Bell was appointed as the new assistant principal of Stewart School in July, and as promised she attended the August board of education meeting for an official welcome to Garden City. Bell was joined by her husband and her young daughter, and she greeted board members after comments on her appointment.

Bell earned her bachelors of science in Education from the University of Delaware in 2006. She completed a master’s in Educational Technology and an advanced certificate in Educational Leadership in 2014 at Long Island University / C.W. Post with a 4.0 GPA. She was a classroom teacher at Great Neck’s E.M. Baker School, and she has a background specializing in Educational Technology. At E.M. Baker School Bell chaired and served on the technology committee. She helped pilot the first one-to-one iPad initiative at elementary level in Great Neck Schools.

According to Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Dr. Maureen Appiarius, Bell “has provided and certainly will provide professional development for her peers in this domain.” She then told Bell the district HR team had such a wonderful time meeting her and with the interview process:

“We look forward to your work and we can already see you are quite capable of multi-tasking,” she said as Bell balanced her baby and thanked the board for their support and the opportunity.

Bell comes to Garden City fresh off serving as summer intern-assistant principal in Great Neck Public Schools. The former Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in Garden City, Dr. Teresa Prendergast, is the current Superintendent of Schools in Great Neck, a position she started in July of 2015.

Christopher Hartigan, introduced Tuesday night August 8, sat alongside Stratford Elementary School Principal Eileen Vota. He joins Garden City Union Free Public Schools in an administrative position after serving as a model teacher, teacher leader and administrative intern at PS253Q in Far Rockaway, Queens. He taught grade levels from kindergarten through fifth grade at the school.

“He served as a special education teacher for the New York City Department of Education and in the Lynbrook School District. Christopher it was a pleasure going through the process of meeting you, hearing about your accomplishments and your enthusiasm for working with the students of Garden City. We thank you and we welcome you,” Dr. Appiarius said.

Hartigan earned his bachelor’s in Education at Long Island University and a master’s degree in Special Education from Queens College in 2012. He also attended The College of Saint Rose, earning an advanced certificate in School Leadership. Both Hartigan and Bell posed for photos on August 8 with the school board and new interim superintendent, Dr. Alan Groveman.

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