Lorie Beard Appointed Long Beach Middle School Principal

Lorie Beard Appointed Long Beach Middle School Principal
The Long Beach Public Schools have appointed Lorie Beard as the next Long Beach Middle School principal, effective July 1. She will take on the role currently held by Dr. Paul Romanelli, who has been appointed assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. 

Ms. Beard joined the district last year and has been a leader in numerous initiatives. She supported the middle school in becoming a No Place for Hate school by leading the Community Book Club and assisting in organizing the Schoolwide LipDub video. She also helped to coordinate a Digital Downtime week that promoted mental health awareness and encouraged students and families to “unplug” to connect with each other.

With regard to academic programs, she formed a Middle Years Program Team to collaborate on strengthening the Middle Years Program throughout the building, and has supported literacy initiatives through meetings with English language arts and reading teachers. She additionally organized and facilitated administration of the New York State testing program for ELA, math, science and finals.

She has built strong relationships with students and families, supporting them to ensure a safe, successful and equitable school experience. Ms. Beard has fostered relationships with staff and faculty members across the school as well, and presents at meetings with an emphasis on strong instructional practices. She attends conferences and workshops and shares the tools and strategies discussed with colleagues. 

“I am always looking for teacher input and working to ensure that all individuals at LBMS are valued and appreciated,” she said. “I try to be a positive and visible presence around the building, listening and collaborating with teachers about their thoughts regarding improving what we do here at LBMS.” 

Previously, Ms. Beard was an instructional coach at the Amityville Union Free School District’s Northwest Elementary School, and before that, was an English language arts instructional coach for Western Suffolk BOCES and a teacher in the Harborfields Central School District. Over the course of her career as an educator she has been recognized with the Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technologies’ Bright Lights Award, New York State English Council’s Educator of Excellence Award and Special Education Parent Teacher Association’s Distinguished Service Award. 

Ms. Beard holds Master of Science degrees from LIU Post and Dowling College and a Bachelor of Science degree from Adelphi University. She completed Stony Brook University’s certificate program in school building/school district leadership.