At its June 3 meeting, the Board of Education approved the appointment of Ivelisse Sanchez as Assistant Principal of William O. Schaefer Elementary School, effective July 1, 2021.
Sanchez will join the South Orangetown Central School District with more than 20 years of teaching experience, most recently as an English as a New Language teacher in the Suffern Central School District. In that role, she supported multilingual learners in the acquisition, maintenance, and mastery of English proficiency and led staff development in the areas of cultural responsiveness, the Every Student Succeeds Act and Teachers College Readers and Writers Workshop. Sanchez helped to spearhead the district’s literacy initiative and adapt programming in response to changing student demographics.
Previously, she served as a bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in Orange County, New York elementary schools, and as ESL department head at the American United School of Kuwait.
Sanchez holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Nyack College, a Master of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education from Lehman College and a Master of Science in Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from SUNY New Paltz. She possesses numerous New York State certifications which include bilingual education, teaching literacy (grades 5-12), School Building Leader and School District Leader.
“We are excited to welcome Mrs. Sanchez to our William O. Schaefer Elementary School family! She brings expertise that will be invaluable to our building and her work with early childhood will be an asset to our school,” said Principal Sheila Beglin. “I would like to thank Mr. Galvin, who stepped in and has been the consistent leader at WOS throughout this uniquely challenging school year. We are grateful for his leadership and love for our students and school community.”
Galvin will resume his role as WOS School Psychologist on July 1.