Ossining Names Bedford Educator As New Fifth-Grade Principal

OSSINING, N.Y. -- Michelle Grier is the Roosevelt School's next principal.

Michelle Grier
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The Ossining Board of Education said Friday it plans to appoint Grier, an educator in Bedford, as early as next month to be the new principal.

Grier, Bedford's math department coordinator for grades 6-12, will replace Principal Stephen Hancock July 1.  Hancock will take over as principal of Ossining High School as current leader Joshua Mandel retires.

Superintendent Raymond Sanchez said Ms. Grier's teaching and educational leadership experience make her a great fit as principal of Roosevelt School, which has about 365 fifth-grade students. An educator since 2002, she has four master's degrees, including one in school district leadership and another in secondary mathematics education.

"The Ossining School District is excited to welcome such an experienced and talented educator as principal of Roosevelt School," Sanchez said. "I am confident that our students and staff members will flourish under her leadership."

As math department coordinator in Bedford, Grier's responsibilities include developing curriculum; using assessment results to identify students' strengths and weaknesses; creating course and teacher schedules; and serving as an instructional leader.

Grier was hired by the Bedford School District in 2004 as a special education math teacher at Fox Lane Middle School. She subsequently held positions as a math teacher, math liaison and classroom coach at the middle school until accepting the math department coordinator job in 2011. Before working for the Bedford school system, she was a seventh- and eighth-grade math teacher for about two years at the Jonas Bronck Academy, a public school in the Bronx.

Prior to becoming a teacher, Grier spent 10 years at Xerox.  Grier earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a master's of science in manufacturing systems engineering from Georgia Tech. She received a master's in business administration in finance, marketing and competitive and organizational strategy from the University of Rochester Simon Business School.

She earned two advanced degrees in the education field: a master's in secondary mathematics education from the City University of New York in 2004 and a master's in school district leadership in 2015 from Bank Street College in New York City.

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