Don Sternberg welcomed as interim assistant principal at E.M. Baker

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Don Sternberg will join E.M. Baker Elementary School as an interim assistant principal. (Photo courtesy of the Great Neck Public Schools)

The Great Neck Public Schools welcome Don Sternberg, Ed.D., as an interim assistant principal at Elizabeth M. Baker School. Sternberg will fill this temporary role while the school’s assistant principal, Dr. Heather Sweet-Lazos, is on child care leave.

Sternberg is a retired school administrator, most known for his 32 years as principal of Wantagh Elementary School, during which time he was recognized as the New York State Elementary Principal of the Year and a National Distinguished Principal by the United States Education Department. Sternberg retired from the Wantagh School District in 2013, and later served as principal of the Ivy League School in Smithtown for three years.

Sternberg says he “jumped” at the opportunity to work in Great Neck, which he says has “an outstanding reputation for vibrant and fulfilling schools.” His first day at E.M. Baker School was Jan. 8, and he received a warm welcome from staff and students.

“The teachers are so dedicated and child-centered,” Sternberg said. “A positive learning environment permeates the classrooms and throughout hallways.”

Sternberg is also an adjunct professor for Educational Administration at Stony Brook University and a faculty member for the online doctoral program at Northcentral University. He has authored two books on administrative practices, as well as more than a dozen articles in professional publications at the state and national levels.

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