| By Rick Pezzullo |
Irvington High School Assistant Principal Deborah Mariniello was appointed as the new principal of Dows Lane Elementary School by the Board of Education last week. She will begin her new position on July 1.
Mariniello, who served as an assistant principal at Dows Lane during the 2012-13 school year, will succeed Randy Lichtenwalner, who is leaving to take a job as an elementary school principal in a northern Westchester school district.
“It is with great excitement that I accept this position,” said Mariniello. “I genuinely look forward to meeting all the students and families of Dows Lane, as well as to join the staff in leading the incredible work which makes Dows Lane such a special place.”
Prior to becoming an administrator, Mariniello was an elementary school teacher. As assistant principal at Irvington High School, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kristopher Harrison said Mariniello demonstrated strong communication and collaborative skills, building relationships with students, parents and colleagues.
“For the past three years, we have had the opportunity to benefit from the continued growth and development of a very strong school leader,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kristopher Harrison. “[Mariniello’s] experience in this role as well as her previous educational roles strongly positions her for elementary leadership success at Dows Lane. The Board of Education and I congratulate her and wish her great success in her new position.”
A meet-and-greet with Mariniello will take place before the opening of schools in September at a date to be announced.