New Administrators Join School District

This school year, the Great Neck Public Schools welcomes two new administrators: Anael Alston and Emily Zucal. Dr. Alston is the new principal at the Richard S. Sherman-Great Neck North Middle School, replacing Denise Nolan who retired in August. Ms. Zucal is the new assistant principal at Lakeville School, replacing Renay Sadis who left for a principalship in Israel.


Dr. Anael Alston

Anael Alston comes to Great Neck with impressive credentials. He is an award-winning principal recognized at the county, state, and national levels for his professionalism, leadership skills, and abilities. He has authored articles for professional journals, and was a keynote speaker or panelist at, or organizer of several educational workshops and presentations. Since 2005, Dr. Alston served as principal at the Robert M. Finley Middle School in Glen Cove, where he supervised some 700 students. While there, he provided strong leadership that revitalized the school and implemented accountability for the students, faculty, and staff, resulting in a significant increase in state assessment scores. Dr. Alston was also instrumental in training instructional staff in several curriculum development programs. Prior to Glen Cove, Dr. Alston was assistant principal and acting principal in the East Hampton Middle School, from 2003-05. He was assistant principal at Memorial Junior High, in Valley Stream, from 2001-03, and assistant principal at Baldwin Middle School, from 2000-01. He began his career in education in 1994 as a social studies teacher at the Gifted and Talented Academy, in Queens. Commenting on his new position at North Middle, Dr. Alston said, "I am grateful and humbled to be chosen as the next principal of the Richard S. Sherman-Great Neck North Middle School. I am eager to work with the school community to support all students to achieve their personal best and prepare them for the academic rigors and the social/personal changes that they will experience through middle school and high school." Dr. Alston's primary goals for North Middle are to ensure that every member of the school community is connected to the school in a meaningful way, and that they know that they matter and that their personal visions of excellence can be fulfilled. Dr. Alston's interests outside of the school setting include reading, travel, home repair, golf, and tennis. He participated in the 2010 New York City Marathon and is the 2004 Super Heavyweight Open Division Golden Gloves Champion. He also has a command of Spanish and Hebrew. Dr Alston holds a Doctorate and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University; a Master of Science Education, Education Administration, from the College of New Rochelle; and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (minor in English), from Hofstra University. He holds New York State Certifications in School District Administration, School Administrative & Supervisory, and Social Studies.


Emily Zucal

Lakeville School welcomes Emily Zucal as its new assistant principal. Born and raised in neighboring Manhasset, Ms. Zucal comes to Great Neck from P.S. 309, an elementary school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, where she was the principal for the past three years. Prior to P.S. 309, Ms. Zucal participated in the New York City Leadership Academy Aspiring Principals Program, doing a one-year mentorship at P.S. 24 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. She taught second-grade at Seven Arrows Elementary School in Pacific Palisades, CA, from 2006-08. Between 2000-06, Ms. Zucal taught fourth-grade at the Brooklyn Friends School and at P.S. 158, in Warwick, Brooklyn. Ms. Zucal was a member of the first class of the New York City Teaching Fellows, a program designed to recruit and prepare individuals to become teachers who will raise student achievement in NYC schools. Ms. Zucal is thrilled to be moving into the role of assistant principal at Lakeville. She brings with her an unwavering commitment to doing what is best for children, and her passion for helping others to do so. Her outside interests include running marathons and half marathons, biking, skiing, and reading. She is an avid devotee of the Sunday New York Times and of her new Labradoodle puppy, Cooper. Ms. Zucal holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum from City College of the City University of New York, and a Bachelor of Arts in American government from Smith College. She is certified to teach grades K-6, and holds a School Building Leader License.



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