Friday, 09 October 2009 00:00
As the new school year opened, Powell’s Lane School in Westbury, a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, welcomed Claudia M. Germain as its new principal. Germain has replaced long-time Principal John Olgilvie, who retired, and under whose leadership Powell’s Lane was designated a New York State School of Excellence and National Blue Ribbon School.
Germain comes to Powell’s Lane with 19 years of experience in education. She was a teacher in the New York City Public Schools for approximately 15 years, and then served as an assistant principal in the Copiague School District for four years. In Copiague, she also served at the Copiague Middle School and at Deauville Gardens Elementary School.
Germain’s outstanding attributes include being very organized, very collaborative, and very child-friendly.
“I love children. I love to see them learn,” Germain said, adding that she has a very hands-on approach to education.
According to Germain, partnering with parents to achieve student success is a key priority.
“I’m a firm believer in the home-school partnership, and I am looking forward to working closely with parents on that,” she said. “I really feel it’s the responsibility of the school to help parents – to keep them in the loop and help their children meet with success. And that’s something that I’ll foster at Powell’s Lane.”
In addition to discussing her educational philosophy and goals, Germain described how impressed she is with the excellent record that Powell’s Lane School has, the excellent learning environment that it provides, as well as the outstanding collaboration demonstrated by its teachers.
Among Powell’s Lane’s recent accomplishments are the following: In 2008 Powell’s Lane School was designated by the New York State Education Department as one of the 380 High Performing Schools in the state; during the 2008-09 school year, 95 percent of all students in grades 3-5 scored at levels 3 and 4 in mathematics while 84 percent scored at levels 3 and 4 in ELA, 92 percent scored at levels 3 and 4 in social studies and 99 percent scored at levels 3 & 4 in fourth grade science; Powell’s Lane students have been consistent winners in the annual Newsday Stock Market Game; and, in during the 2008-2009 school year, Powell’s Lane students earned their seventh championship.
Germain is looking forward to building upon these outstanding accomplishments. “I’m so very excited about being selected as Principal of Powell’s Lane School,” said Germain. “And I’m looking forward to working with teachers and parents to help our students continue to achieve success.”