Greenlawn Community Welcomes New Harborfields Principal

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The Harborfields Central School District’s Board of Education recently appointed Susan Kenny as the new principal of Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School, filling the position previously held by recent retiree, principal Marguerite Greene.

Kenny began her new role in the district on July 1 and planned three “meet and greet” days for grades 3-5, one for each grade level at Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School to meet the families and students of her new school community. During the first meet and greet day on July 18, Kenny introduced herself to third-grade students and their families and presented some fun facts about herself.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Francesco Ianni, new Director of Pupil Personnel Services Theresa McGuire and Assistant Principal Mary Williams showed their support at the event where Kenny spoke about her family, her travel experiences, her volunteer work with Honor Flight Long Island and her career as an educator and administrator.

Before joining Harborfields, Kenny served as an elementary assistant principal in the Garden City, Roslyn and Eastport-South Manor school districts. She was also a reading teacher in the West Babylon School District.

“It was clear that Ms. Kenny’s leadership skills combined with her strong background in literacy and passion for learning, fit well with our mission of providing our students with a world-class education, one child at a time,” said Dr. Ianni.

During the event, Kenny discussed what her focus will be during the new school year and showed a video which highlighted the importance of not giving up, a concept that she wants third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to take to heart.

“Here at Thomas J. Lahey, we want to make sure that your children come to school feeling safe, welcomed and connected,” she said. “This year, our focus is going to be on creating an atmosphere where students can take risks, learn from failure, come up with the skills to problem solve and persevere when faced with challenges.”   


New principal Susan Kenny spoke to students and families on July 18, 2017.

Principal Susan Kenny with third-graders and their siblings during the first meet and greet day.

Families welcomed new Thomas J. Lahey principal Susan Kenny on July 18, 2017.

Photos courtesy of the Harborfields Central School District

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