Story by Janmarie Foschini
Greenwood Lake Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Cohen, along with the Greenwood Lake Board of Education, welcomed Dianne Connolly to the School District as the Elementary School Principal. Connolly will begin on Mon., Aug. 6.
After a thorough search and interview process facilitated by the administration, staff members, parents of the community, and members of the Board of Education, Connolly was chosen based on her many years of experience teaching at the elementary level, as well as her strong background in many of the initiatives the District currently has in place. This includes Positive Behavior Intervention, also known as PBSI Reading and Writing Model, Response for Intervention and Google Apps for Education.
Connolly comes with high praise for her strong work ethic, her teacher leadership and her diligence. She has worked as a preschool teacher, an elementary teacher (kindergarten, first, and sixth grades), an instructional technology/STEAM teacher, and most recently as an associate principal for two elementary schools in Warwick.
Connolly is a graduate of the Long Island University Educational Leadership program, has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Mount Saint Mary College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science from Cook College/ Rutgers University.
“I am thrilled about the opportunity to serve as the instructional leader for the Greenwood Lake Elementary School and I am very much looking forward to becoming a part of this wonderful community and meeting all the students and staff,” stated Connolly.
A meet and greet event will be hosted prior to the new school year. This will allow students, parents and community members to meet and welcome Connolly to the community.
Prior to Connolly’s appointment, Assistant Superintendent Sarah Hadden had been serving as acting principal.
Hadden said, “Being the acting principal of our Elementary School has been a true highlight of my career. Interacting with the children on a daily basis made my heart smile. It’s impossible not to be happy when you are with five to nine-year-olds all day! Working alongside the teachers and staff at the building level proved to me even more what a fantastic team we have. My favorite memory of the past few months was definitely the picnic at the beach – smiles and laughter abounded and I loved that so many parents were able to join us. It was an amazing day! I will miss being here on a daily basis, but will still be here as often as I can be. We are fortunate to have Diane Connolly join us and I am confident she will be a positive addition to our community!”