I am pleased to inform you that last night the Board of Education accepted my recommendation to appoint Karen Ames as the next Principal of Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School. We had two excellent finalists for the position, and this was not an easy decision to make. Mrs. Ames’ extensive experience both as an elementary principal on Long Island in the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Public Schools, and current position as an instructional superintendent in New York City made her a strong candidate.
As an instructional leader in the city, she has worked with both principals and teachers in strengthening educational programs in all areas of the curriculum. In addition, Karen has been a part of the Columbia Reading and Writing Project and has a broad knowledge base in the area of literacy. During the extensive search process, Karen’s passion for teaching and learning, commitment to the continuing growth of educators throughout their careers, and warm approachable manner were all qualities that impressed us.
During the reference check process, I was able to speak to many people with whom Karen has worked over the past seven years. Previous Superintendents, principals and teachers with whom she has worked described her as a person with enthusiasm that is contagious and an ability to articulate ideas in a clear and exciting way. Her intelligence and loyalty were valued characteristics.
Karen was drawn to CET because of the work that is going on in the area of literacy as well as its reputation as a strong learning community. During the interview process, she was impressed by the professionalism of the faculty members who served on the interview committee and the interest and enthusiasm of parents in talking about the education provided for their children in the Croton-Harmon School District.
Karen will be in the district beginning on August 28th. She looks forward to meeting you. Please extend a hand of welcome and support as she begins her work in Croton-Harmon.
Dr. Marjorie E. Castro