New Director of Technology

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The district is thrilled to announce the appointment of Carole Polney as the new director of digital learning, innovation & instructional technology, effective Jan. 2, 2019. 

Dr. Polney enters Connetquot from the Amityville Union Free School District, where she served as the assistant superintendent for technology and administrative services. 

Upon taking up her new post within the Connetquot Central School District, Dr. Polney’s duties will include providing a visionary and creative leadership in all aspects of digital learning and districtwide innovation; developing strategic approaches for the integration of technology into the educational environments of the district; and maintaining awareness of best practices, emerging technologies and new potentials in educational technology that may be adopted as new pedagogies and practices. 

Dr. Polney graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Arts from the New York Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in English Education from LIU Post, as well as an Educational Doctorate in Administration and Supervision from St. John’s University. Additionally, she is a member of several professional affiliations, including the Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technologies, the International Society for Technology in Education and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. 
 
Dr. Polney began her career as an English teacher in the West Babylon School District, where she also taught Advanced Placement and Regents English courses. After nearly a decade as an English teacher, Dr. Polney assumed the role of director of instructional technology, strengthening her administrative skill set by introducing innovative technologies to the district and leading the teaching staff on integration into classroom instruction. After serving four years as an assistant principal in the Babylon Union Free School District, Dr. Polney furthered her technological prowess by assuming the role of coordinator of assessments, data, learning and technology for nearly 12 years in the district.

“Integrating technology has been an integral part of my career in education and this position speaks directly to my passion for technology, teaching, and learning,” said Dr. Polney. “I am eager to work collaboratively with the entire faculty of the Connetquot Central School District by bringing vision and initiatives that support and promote student learning, digital literacy, and instructional technologies to the classrooms. As educators, we are responsible for preparing our students for the future by creating learning experiences that allow for critical thinking and student engagement which can forge global connections and create lifelong learners.”