Kathleen Connolly Appointed East School Principal

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The Long Beach School District welcomes Kathleen Connolly as principal of East School, effective July 1. Principal Sean Murray will be taking a position within the district as director of elementary curriculum, instruction and assessment.

Ms. Connolly comes to Long Beach from the Baldwin Union Free School District, where she has held administrative roles since 2006 when she was hired as an elementary school assistant principal. For the past five years, she has served as director of curriculum. In this capacity, Ms. Connolly has overseen academic programs and initiatives, collaborated with staff on Common Core curricular developments, supported and supervised various departments, coordinated professional development opportunities and facilitated assessment administration, among many other responsibilities.

Also during her time in Baldwin, Ms. Connolly created building and teacher schedules that provided optimal support for each student, spearheaded the implementation of Response to Intervention and co-teaching classes, implemented a new districtwide math program as well as a parent program, expanded the English as a Second Language Program and established best practices for literacy instruction.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Connolly was an assistant principal at P.S. 143 in Corona, prior to which she served as a teacher. She holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from St. John’s University.

“I am very excited to join the Long Beach School District, Long Beach community and family at East Elementary School, ” Ms. Connolly said. “I look forward to getting to know the students, staff and parents, and supporting them in a collaborative and nurturing environment.”

 “We are pleased to announce Kathleen Connolly’s appointment,” said Superintendent of Schools David Weiss. “Her impressive background, which includes 11 years as an administrator, makes her highly qualified for the role. We believe she has many excellent things to contribute to East and our district.”