New Administrative Team at West School

The Long Beach Public Schools will introduce a new administrative team at West School, official as of July 1. Amy Dirolf and Sarah Kugelman, both residents of the district, take on the titles of principal and assistant principal, respectively. West families will have the opportunity to meet them in person at a meet and greet event on June 6 at 7 p.m. at the school.

Ms. Dirolf is finishing her 11th year as assistant principal at the Uniondale Public Schools’ California Avenue School, which was recognized as a National School of Character during her tenure. She developed and supported innovative instructional programs, oversaw 880 students and 130 staff members, analyzed data, provided instructional coaching, cultivated community relationships and initiated social-emotional and mindfulness programs. 

Also the school’s Response to Intervention chairperson, Ms. Dirolf facilitated the use of numerous strategies. She additionally chaired the Character Education Committee, participated on numerous other committees, designed and implemented Uniondale’s elementary summer program and served as principal of the Sixth-Grade Summer Enrichment Program. She has nine years of classroom experience, two of which were spent with Teach for America at the William H. Brown Academy in Newark, New Jersey. 

Ms. Kugelman’s background includes several years of leadership in a variety of settings, as well as nine years of classroom teaching experience. She has developed and implemented programs, coordinated professional development and teacher training opportunities, worked with teacher teams on instructional plans, updated curriculum, fostered parent and community relationships, headed committees and much more. 

Most recently, she served as District Support Team master teacher in the Hempstead Union Free Public Schools, where she worked with the superintendent to implement a new mission and vision. She has held assistant principal posts at the New American Academy at the Jewish Academy in Commack and PS 770 in Brooklyn, where she was also a New American Academy Initiative network alignment liaison and principal in residence. 

Ms. Dirolf obtained an advanced certificate in educational leadership from Brooklyn College, a Master of Science degree from Queens College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University. Ms. Kugelman holds a Master of Education degree from Columbia University, a Master of Science degree from City University of New York at Brooklyn College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz. 

“Ms. Dirolf and Ms. Kugelman both have strong ties to Long Beach and look forward to serving and giving back to the community,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Gallagher. “They make a strong pair, and we are excited to welcome them for this new chapter!”