Lakeville Welcomes New Administrators
A number of new administrators are in place throughout the Great Neck School District. Lakeville Elementary School welcomes both a principal and an assistant principal.
Phyllis Feldman is Lakeville's new principal, replacing Barbara Raber who retired this summer. Mrs. Feldman is not new to Lakeville or the District; she has served as an assistant principal since 1997, at Lakeville and also at EM Baker School.
As Lakeville's assistant principal, Mrs. Feldman was an integral part of the daily life at the school. She was responsible for the supervision of teachers, formally meeting with staff in the fall to discuss goals and in the spring as part of the year-end review process. She regularly observed staff, collaborated with teachers on assessment projects, mentored staff, and evaluated teaching assistants and paraprofessionals.
Mrs. Feldman chaired committees that authored new mathematics and social studies curriculum, and developed an elementary-school-level Algebraic Reasoning curriculum. She developed a writers workshop instructional model for Lakeville and designed a hybrid reading program that combined literature-based anthology and readers workshop.
Mrs. Feldman implemented anti-bullying/anti-violence programs, collaborated with parents to plan cultural-arts programs and school events, and was a member of the School Safety Team and Emergency Response Team.
She is a frequent conference presenter and workshop facilitator and has extensive knowledge of NYS standards & testing programs.
Prior to coming to Great Neck, Mrs. Feldman was employed by the New York City Public Schools. She served as an assistant principal and was an elementary school math facilitator and classroom teacher for more than 25 years.
She received Certification in elementary school administration and supervision from Queens College, and a Master of Science in elementary education and a Bachelor of Arts in early childhood education from Brooklyn College.
Mrs. Feldman said, "It is with great pleasure and pride that I assume the responsibilities as principal of the Lakeville School. Each school year is filled with the promise of new and renewed friendships and the pursuit of exciting learning. I welcome all of our new children and families, as well as our returning students and their families, and look forward to an inspiring, productive, and enriching school year."
Lakeville's new assistant principal, Renay Sadis, comes to Great Neck from the Irvington (NY), School District, where she was principal of the Dows Lane (K-3) Elementary School since 2008.
As principal, Ms. Sadis was responsible for setting measurable goals for student achievement. She collaborated on numerous committees, including those dedicated to District English Language Arts (ELA) goals, character education, technology, and response to intervention.
Ms. Sadis introduced interactive writing in kindergarten and first grade. She developed a partnership with the principal of the grade 4-5 building to create and support K-5 curriculum alignment. Ms. Sadis also launched a new report card and technology upgrades that included virtual computer pods and a new MAC/PC lab.
Ms. Sadis actively collaborated with the PTSA on fun and fundraisers, which included a Third Grade Market, Preschool Carnival, Earth Day Used Book Fair, Square 1 Art Mural, Parent Painting Party, and the development of a Community Garden.
From 2005-08, Ms. Sadis was principal of the Lower Lab School-PS 77, a gifted and talented/special education K&endash;5 elementary school, located in Manhattan. She was responsible for a high-achieving, diverse school of 360 students. While there, she initiated and supported enrichment and professional-development programs in varied content areas, such as social-emotional learning, young audiences, theatre, dance, architect and design, math in the city, teacher and writers collaborative, and assisted technology.
Ms. Sadis comes to Great Neck with global experience. She taught fifth grade at the American International School in Quito, Ecuador, and undergraduate journalism at the Universidad de San Francisco also in Quito.
She was a teacher of middle school English as a Second Language (ESL) and at-risk students at the Israel Goldstein Youth Village in Jerusalem, Israel. She was a teacher at the Manhattan New School, PS 290, from 1995&endash;2005, where she taught first grade, third grade, and second-third multi-grade. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in Brooklyn.
Ms. Sadis earned a Master's degree in special education from the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, and a Bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Cortland. She holds New York State Certification in school administration building/district. She also attended the Aspiring Leaders Program, School of Public Affairs, at the Baruch College, City University of New York.
In reflecting on her new role, Ms. Sadis said, "I am delighted to be part of such a wonderful school district and look forward to meeting the children and families and working alongside the talented staff at Lakeville. Having been in the district for just a month, it is already quite evident how joyful a community this is. I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity."