Written by Enterprise-Pilot Staff, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 14 February 2014 10:54
There is an old saying that someone has “hit the ground running” when they show energy, enthusiasm and make a real difference on day one of beginning a new job. Well, Tami McElwee is already off and running as the new principal of Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School before she has even hit the ground.
McElwee’s first day as the new principal is Wednesday, Feb. 12; however, she met with her faculty well ahead of time and took part in the second-grade Science Fun Night in January. She comes with a positive energy and a smile that lights up the room. McElwee has worked with Interim Principal. Bonnie Epstein to make the transition seamless.
While saying hello to McElwee, the Oyster Bay community must bid farewell to Epstein, who served as Interim Principal for two months. The community owes Epstein a debt of gratitude for taking care of the youngest students with kindness, caring and compassion.
McElwee comes to Oyster Bay from the Great Neck School District where she was the literacy coordinator since 2011.
Tami McElwee attended Manhattanville College where she earned a bachelor of the arts degree in English and master’s in teaching and elementary education. She also studied educational leadership at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
Before working for the Great Neck School District, she served as Literacy Coach for Grades K-6 across the Valley Stream School District and as the Literacy Coach for the Central Islip School District. She spent two years as a Primary Regional Trainer for BOCES and an additional four years as the literacy coordinator in the Harborfields School District. Before entering the field of education, she was the staff developer for the Mondo Publishing Company.
McElwee lives in Bethpage with her husband, Craig, and three children, Nick, Brady and Shaelyn. She enjoys having family nearby, with her in-laws living in Bethpage and her parents close by in Lindenhurst.
When not working, McElwee loves to read. She also enjoys Irish Step Dance and running. Last November, McElwee ran her first 5k for charity to benefit the “Run for the Warriors” in Lindenhurst. She is also involved in Police Athletic League (PAL) baseball and football.
When asked what it is that made her decide to come work in Oyster Bay, McElwee said, “When the opportunity arose, I felt many connections to the OBEN School District. As a literacy coordinator for the Great Neck School District, my involvement in Teachers College had afforded me the opportunity to study literacy practices in a TC Coaching group with the OBEN literacy coaches. Through this coaching group, I had the opportunity to visit the Theodore Roosevelt School and study the successes within the building.
“Living in Bethpage, a similarly small and tight-knit community, I also feel a connection to Oyster Bay’s small community and its partnership with the schools. As a parent of three children, the parent community’s desire to have an affordable yet quality education resonates with me,” she continued.
“I feel honored to serve a community with such a rich tradition and history of providing outstanding educational opportunities for children,” said McElwee.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Local author Rajdeep Paulus of Locust Valley is living the writer’s dream. After having her first young adult novel published last year with positive reviews, she has just released her second novel, and will be holding a book signing at The Book Revue in Huntington on March 12.
Her first book, Swimming Through Clouds, is about a high school transfer student and her friendship with the basketball captain during their senior year. The sequel, Seeing Through Stones, was released March 1.The mom of four girls only recently tried her hand at novel writing; an English major in college who then taught for a few years, says, “I spent about a decade doing the mom thing...then as my youngest got to be school age, my husband asked me, ‘What do you want to do with your life now?’”
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
February, Black History Month, was celebrated by the Hood A.M.E. Zion Church of Oyster Bay with a series of special events.
“The whole month was inspiring, so I am looking forward to doing it next year,” said Black History-Harriet Tubman Committee Chair Diane Cortes-Evans.
The month included a visit from Assemblyman Charles Lavine, who attended the Feb. 9 service and presented Pastor Linda Vanager with a citation from the NYS Legislature for the church’s work in preserving the Pine Hollow Cemetery, and a lecture by historian Simon Rutledge.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:01
On Saturday, Feb. 22, as temperatures rose to well above freezing for the first time in weeks and the melting snow created a thick fog, the Oyster Bay High School Varsity Lady Baymen Basketball Team showed up at Long Island University ready to play.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:48
The Winter Varsity Sports Season is into post-season play in Oyster Bay. Many fine young athletes have excelled this season and were chosen by the Oyster Bay High School coaches as Athletes of the Month for February.
Cassidy Exum has been a member of the varsity wrestling team since his freshman year. Since that time, he has achieved All-County honors, which includes a Nassau County Small School County Championship. This year, Exum started his competitive season with success. He was a place winner in the annual Locust Valley Tournament, a Hank Paris Tournament Champion and a Bethpage Tournament Champion, where he was presented with the Champion of Champions Award. Exum’s success is due to his work ethic, dedication and discipline.; he is a fierce competitor which will help him as he competes for his second Nassau County Championship. Exum is coached by 2012 Coaches of the Year Jay Davis and Doug Axman.