South Orangetown Central School District

At its annual Reorganization Meeting on July 2, the South Orangetown Central School District Board of Education swore in Cara Stepanian, Ph.D., who was elected to a three-year term by voters in May.

Dr. Stepanian is an educator and researcher with experience in the publishing industry. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Villanova University, a Certificate of Advanced Study (English, Gr. 7-12) from St. Thomas Aquinas College, a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from West Chester University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Language and Literacy, with a specialization in 21st Century Literacies, from Fordham University. Dr. Stepanian is an active member of the South Orangetown community and serves on the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library Board of Trustees. She and her husband, Ryan, have two sons in South Orangetown elementary schools and a two-year-old daughter.

“I’m really excited to get to work,” said Dr. Stepanian. “I bring three specific things to my Board role: the perspective of an educator, the perspective of a parent of young children and the perspective of a parent of a child with special needs.” Her term ends June 20, 2022.

The Board of Education also elected its officers for the 2019-2020 school year. Dan Lamadrid was elected president and Leon Jacobs was elected vice president.

Cara Stepanian, Ph. D.