The district is proud to announce that Dr. Ayesha McArthur will take the lead at Rhame Avenue Elementary School as the new principal. 

Dr. McArthur began her career as a fifth grade teacher in Prince George’s County, Maryland, in 1995, after she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education at South Carolina State University. Her interest in curriculum development, pedagogy and school improvement led her to a pursue a Master of Education in curriculum and teaching at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She continued teaching throughout her graduate studies. With that, she eventually made the transition into school leadership when she entered the Doctorate of Education program in curriculum and teaching at Teacher’s College.

Following her tenure as an assistant principal in the Freeport School District, she was an elementary school principal in North Carolina and Maryland for 11 years. Most recently, Dr. McArthur served as the interim superintendent for curriculum and instruction in Long Beach, immediately upon returning to New York.

Valuing the strengths that lie within a community, Dr. McArthur was drawn to the East Rockaway community for its focus on promoting an environment where staff and students thrive. 

“The pillars guiding the focus for East Rockaway, ‘Achievement, Opportunity, Connection, and Innovation,’ are directly aligned with my philosophical views and beliefs as an educator, which will help to make my transition a smooth one,” Dr. McArthur said. “I look forward to becoming a part of the Rhame Avenue Family.”