District Welcomes Two New Principals

District Welcomes Two New Principals Photo
The district proudly welcomed veteran educators Jill Lahey and Laura Kimball as the new principals of Cherokee Street Elementary School and Edward J. Bosti Elementary School, respectively, this July. 

Ms. Lahey comes to Connetquot most recently from the Central Islip School District, where she assumed the role of administrator for English Language Arts K-12. During her time in this position, she supervised literacy/math coaches, AIS teachers and library media specialists. Prior to this role, Ms. Lahey was the assistant principal at Accompsett Elementary School in the Smithtown School District, where she built a leadership team by developing an action plan, helping to create a positive school culture. Additionally, she shared best practices by conducting workshops on differentiated instruction and the “growth mindset.”

Ms. Lahey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in special education from Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus and a professional diploma in educational administration from Dowling College. 

Ms. Kimball most recently worked for the New York City Department of Education, serving as the assistant principal of P.S. 89Q Elmhurst School for the past 10 years. While in this position, she served as the lead administrator of the school’s Gleane Academy, which contains more than 600 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Additionally, she developed and supervised art enrichment programs, including visual arts, instrumental music (strings) and drama. She is also an accomplished literacy coach, having worked for multiple years to provide instructional support for teachers by modeling lessons, creating lab sites, proving curriculum resources and leading unit-planning sessions. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and a Master of Science degree in education from CUNY Queens College and an advanced certificate in educational administration from the College of Saint Rose.