Elizabeth A. Doyle, the principal of a charter school in Brooklyn, will become the new John Marshall Elementary School principal effective July 1.
The East Hampton School Board was expected to approve Ms. Doyle’s hiring when it met on Tuesday, June 4. Ms. Doyle, who likes to be called Beth, planned to attend the meeting along with her husband, Michael Guinan.
She is in her third year as principal of the Explore Empower Public Charter School in Flatbush, Brooklyn, which has outperformed other schools in math despite the fact that 90 percent of the students come from low-income families, according to a press release from the East Hampton School District.
“One of the practices that sort of is embedded in our instruction is making sure we’re being really smart in terms of targets that our kids need to meet,” Ms. Doyle said on Tuesday morning. Students are assessed in English language arts and math four times a year and the principal meets with a leadership team “to really dig into that data” to find out where the kids are doing well and where they need to be retaught. The idea is to zero in on specific goals to prepare the children for college and careers “rather than just throwing darts at a dartboard and seeing where it sticks,” Ms. Doyle said.
“We’re on our third year,” she said of the data-driven program. “That’s something that I look forward to bringing to East Hampton.”
Ms. Doyle also was coordinator of English in the White Plains School District and worked as an instructional supervisor, a director of operations and a fourth-grade teacher since leaving the business world in 2003 to answer New York City’s call for career changers to enter the teaching profession. She graduated from Bethpage High School and Hofstra University before becoming a vice president at Citigroup.
While at White Plains, Ms. Doyle worked with the LitLife literacy curriculum, which John Marshall is in the process of transitioning to. “I’m very much looking forward to it; I’m super-excited,” she said of starting her new job.
The charter school principal will replace John Marshall’s current principal, Gina Kraus, who is returning to the classroom after Superintendent Richard Burns did not recommend her for tenure earlier this year. The decision angered some parents and teachers. The incoming principal met with the School Board after an extensive search process that started with interviews with Assistant Superintendent Robert Tymann, representatives of teachers, administrators and non-teaching staff, three employees she will be supervising and a representative of students’ parents. The candidate also met with leaders from community organizations, followed by a meeting with Superintendent Burns, Dr. Tymann and Business Administrator Isabel Madison.
Ms. Doyle has not yet met the students at John Marshall, because she’s been visiting East Hampton after work hours at her current school. “I’m very excited to meet them,” she said, adding that “everyone was just really great” during the interview process, including the family members she met. “I think I just walked away with this very strong sense of community and commitment,” she said.
She described John Marshall’s school building and grounds as beautiful. The Explore Empower Charter School is on the top floor of a shared building, “so I’m excited to be able to have our own space,” she said. She’s also happy that the school’s on a street called Gingerbread Lane, and that the school’s newsletter is called the Gingerbread Express, “which I thought was really appropriate” for the elementary level.” The Explore Empower Public Charter School serves students from kindergarten through eighth grade.
The lease on her apartment is up on July 1, “so it works out perfectly” for finding a place closer to East Hampton, she said. The new principal will be paid an initial annual salary of $136,000, according to the School Board’s June 4 agenda.
New, Native-Speaking ESL Director
The School Board was also scheduled to hire a new director of the district’s English as a second language program on Tuesday. Elizabeth Reveiz-Magnowski will replace Eugene Kelley Jr., who is retiring, also effective July 1. She will start at a $130,000 yearly salary.
Ms. Reveiz-Magnowski is a bilingual, native speaker of Spanish. She is the director of languages other than English, English as a second language and bilingual services for the Amityville School District, where she is also the summer school principal.
According to the school district, she developed Common Core units while at Amityville as well as thematic projects highlighting different cultures, a Spanish spelling bee and iPad integration. Language students moved ahead both academically and on state tests thanks to the programs, Ms. Reveiz-Magnowski said in a letter the East Hampton School District quoted in a press release.
In addition to Spanish, Ms. Reveiz-Magnowski has a basic knowledge of Italian and Ukranian. She worked with the Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services, the Central Islip school system and the New York State Improvement grant team of the Long Island Regional School Support Center, as well, over the course of her 15 years in bilingual administration.