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    Woodmere, NY (May 16, 2018) – Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools announces that Colleen O’Hara has been appointed Principal of Hewlett Elementary School, effective July 1, 2018. Mrs. O’Hara will succeed Mr. Christopher Uccellini, who has announced his resignation. Mrs. O’Hara’s appointment was approved by the Board of Education at the regular meeting held on May 16, 2018.  

    “Mrs. O’Hara has been a respected, and exceptional member of the Hewlett-Woodmere administrative team since 2007,” said Ralph Marino, Jr., Ed.D., Superintendent of Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools. “She is a proven leader, who is passionate about the educational success of all children who attend our schools. After a lengthy and inclusive recruitment effort, Mrs. O’Hara emerged as the right choice to lead Hewlett Elementary School into the future.”

    Mrs. O’Hara has more than 23 years of experience as both a classroom teacher and an administrative leader. She currently serves as the Assistant Principal of Hewlett Elementary School, a position she has held since 2013. In this role, she has served as a steadfast advocate for students, staff, and parents, while working collaboratively with the building principal.

    Prior to her role at Hewlett Elementary, Mrs. O’Hara served as the Assistant Principal of Woodmere Middle School (2007-2013) and the Assistant Principal of Islip Middle School (2004-2005). Her years in the classroom include serving as an English teacher for grades seven and eight at Hicksville Middle School (1995-2004) and grades six and eight at Woodmere Middle School (2005-2007).

    Mrs. O’Hara is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Instructional Leadership from St. John’s University. She received an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership from Stony Brook University; a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education from Long Island University – CW Post; and a Bachelor of Arts in English/Secondary Education from Siena College. She holds permanent certifications from New York State as a School District Administrator and as a teacher of English for grades 5-12.

     “I am truly honored to become the next principal of Hewlett Elementary School.  Having served as the assistant principal for the last five years, I have been privileged to work with the dedicated and caring staff, supportive parents, and wonderful children who make Hewlett Elementary such a special place,” said Mrs. O’Hara. “I can’t wait to hit the ground running as we work together to help our children pursue their passions and learn about themselves and the world around them.”