The Long Beach Public Schools has appointed Ivelisse Santos-Hernandez as the next Principal of Lido Elementary School, effective July 1. She will take on the responsibilities held by Principal Dr. Brenda Young, who is retiring at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
Dr. Santos-Hernandez joins Long Beach as a seasoned educator, having served as an assistant principal at PS 143Q Louis Armstrong Elementary School in the New York City Public Schools for the past five years. She has supervised three buildings comprised of 1,400 students and 200 staff members. In her most recent role, she implemented numerous systems and structures to support literacy and math Response to Intervention programs, teacher teams, leadership roles, and effective instructional practices. She has supervised the special education department and was successful in shifting students to less restrictive environments. In addition, she oversaw the English as a New Language (ENL) department in its introduction of a new model that has resulted in improved exam scores.
Before her years as an administrator, Dr. Santos-Hernandez was a staff developer at PS 330 in Elmhurst and teacher at PS 149 Danny Kaye Elementary School in Brooklyn. In these capacities, she developed curricula for elementary students, facilitated professional development for teachers, and led parent workshops.
Dr. Santos-Hernandez earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Sage College, her Master of Science in literacy education from Long Island University's Brookville Campus, and her Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Molloy College. She is affiliated with the Learning Partners Assistant Principal Institute and Counsel of School Administrators.
“I am excited to join the Long Beach Public Schools system. I am looking forward to engaging in conversations with all members of the Long Beach Public School community to continue to strengthen relationships with all stakeholders. My goal is to enhance the social-emotional skills of our scholars to create an instructional environment where our students take risks and engage in community building activities.”