2014-02-28 / Columnists

Dispatches

Brian O’Connell, Principal: Honored
By Geraldine Chapey

The Catholic Teachers Association of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens held its annual dinner at Russo’s.

The invocation was delivered by Reverend Father James Cunningham. He asked God to shower his blessings on all teachers, parents, children and administrators as they go about their daily work. Teachers and administrators have key roles in the development of each child on their care as they work alongside the parents and children they can prepare children to be career and college ready.

Brian O’Connell has the depth of experience and the wealth of knowledge that make him a superb principal and leader in our community. He has been recognized for his outstanding contributions by numerous professional organizations. I gave the Regents Award to O’Connell noting his recognized accomplishments to the children and parents in our community.

O’Connell began his career in District 22 as the principal of the Belle Harbor School/P.S. 114. He launched the Scholars’ Academy as a middle school in 2009. To respond to the needs of students and parents Brian founded Scholars’ Academy High School.

He has earned ample honors for the school: an A rating for progress reports for middle and high school components for two years in a row; earned “Well Developed” in the Quality Review Rating; earned the NYC Department of Education Emerald Society Irish Principal of the Year.

During Hurricane Sandy, O’Connell mobilized the incredibly hard working staff and students catapulting the school into the top 10 ranking of all schools in New York State. For his outstanding endeavors he was given the Hometown Here Award while also bringing the “2013 Blackboard Award for Schools of Excellence” to the resilient Rockaways.

O’Connell is an articulate and capable leader who is using his incredible talents to lead the Scholars’ Academy.

Also honored with a Regents citation was Eileen Meakim for Breezy Point who serves as the chairperson of the lunch and Edward Rice. The president also received a Regents citation for his leadership of the organization.

Doris Meyer was also honored, the Manhattan Borough High School District representative for the UFT as were: Jeanne Fish, principal of P.S. 277K District 22; Mabel Sarduy, principal of P.S. 86K in District 32 and Eloise Messiner, the executive director, Executive Leadership Institute.

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