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Plainview-Old Bethpage Principal Recognized as New York State Elementary Principal of the Year

Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s Stratford Road Elementary School Principal Dr. Alison Clark was recently selected as the 2020 New York State Elementary Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP.) Dr. Clark was recognized for being committed to excellence, creating programs designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students, and having firm ties to parents and the community.

“Stratford Road is not only the largest elementary school in the district, but also home to the largest English Language Learner (ELL) and Supplemental Educational Services (SES) populations, as well as the district’s Autism Program.” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lorna Lewis, “The success of this special population is due in no small part to the energy and support Dr. Clark gives to the program. Students and parents leave her building valuing the lessons of patience, charity, and kindness demonstrated there.”

Considered the school’s lead learner, Dr. Clark earned her PhD while leading Stratford Road Elementary School, she is also known as a mentor who cultivates leadership in others. She is an adjunct professor at SUNY Old Westbury, works with doctoral students on their dissertations at Concordia University, and has published numerous articles in educational journals.

Dr. Clark received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from CUNY Queens College, her PD from Long Island University, and her PhD from Concordia University Chicago. She will be honored for her accomplishments at a May awards ceremony in Albany, New York. As New York’s Elementary School Principal of the Year, Clark will be celebrated as a National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals at a recognition program sponsored by NAESP this fall in Washington, DC.

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