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Sewanhaka Appoints New Administrator

Sewanhaka Central High School District’s Board of Education appointed Dr. Taryn Johnson assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at its meeting on Sept. 24. She replaces Dr. Kathleen Sottile.

“We are very excited to begin working with such an accomplished educator,” Sewanhaka Central High School District Superintendent Dr. James Grossane said. “Dr. Johnson is a welcome addition to our administrative team.”

Dr. Johnson, a Brooklyn resident, served as principal of Merrick Avenue Middle School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District for the last five years. During her tenure, she led nearly 900 students and more than 100 faculty and staff. She also instituted a literacy initiative, increased the integration of technology, reshaped the special education program and more. Dr. Johnson was assistant principal of Oyster Bay High School from July 2007-2014. Prior to holding that position, she was a teacher in the Port Washington School District for 12 years and in New York City for two years.

Dr. Johnson has a Doctorate of Education in educational and organizational leadership from University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, and a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in education from Brooklyn College. She also holds certifications in school district administration and school administration and supervision, and a professional diploma in educational administration from CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College School of Public and International Affairs.

“My goal is to build upon the educational experience and opportunities for all students in the Sewanhaka Central High School District, Dr. Johnson said. “Re-examining, redefining, and reshaping program and practices through collaboration and conversation with all stakeholders will result in the development of a districtwide vision that will lead us to this end.”

Dr. Johnson begins her new role on Oct. 28.

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