The South Orangetown Central School District is pleased to announce that Brian Galvin was approved by the Board of Education to serve as William O. Schaefer Elementary School Assistant Principal. His appointment was made during the Board’s June 13 reorganization meeting and is retroactive to July 1, 2021.
Since July 1, 2020, Galvin served as WOS Acting Assistant Principal and provided critical and consistent building leadership through the District’s reopening process. In addition to navigating pandemic-related challenges, his responsibilities included supporting faculty in promoting student behaviors conducive to learning and assisting with analysis of assessment data to improve and differentiate instruction and services to meet students’ diverse needs.
“I am so very excited to officially welcome Mr. Galvin as the Assistant Principal of William O. Schaefer,” said Principal Sheila Beglin. “Mr. Galvin’s leadership last year was integral to the success of our school year. His expertise in mental health, special education and RTI is a tremendous asset and I am very excited to continue the work that we started in building our vision for WOS!”
A school psychologist by training, Galvin joined the District in 2016 as a member of the WOS Counseling Team. Over the past five years, he developed strong relationships with families and staff and worked closely with administrators to develop a professional community which supports collaboration and learning. As School Psychologist, Galvin worked closely with the Response to Intervention, Child Study, and Committee on Special Education teams to refine protocols, evaluate practices, and examine the interventions and supports to ensure that each child’s social, emotional and academic needs were met.
Galvin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SUNY Oswego, a Master of Science degree in School Psychology from Mercy College and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Administration through SUNY New Paltz.
The previously approved candidate rescinded her Board appointment in late June.