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New Principal Named at Yorktown's Brookside School

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown Board of Education decided to hire from within the district to replace the retiring principal at Brookside Elementary School.

Deirdre Amerling, who has served as an assistant principal at Mildred E. Strang Middle School for the past eight years, was appointed this week to succeed John Wells at Brookside.

Wells will retire Aug. 31, and Amerling will transition into her new role with Wells' guidance.

"Mrs. Amerling has all of the qualities necessary to be an outstanding principal at Brookside School," said Superintendent of Schools Ralph Napolitano. "She loves and respects children, and is concerned with their welfare, safety, academic and character growth, and development."

As assistant principal at Strang, school officials said, Amerling helped implement many school, district, state and federal initiatives, including Tech Tuesdays, the Positive Role Model Program, literacy and mathematics curriculum mapping, utilization of student data analysis to inform instruction, and research-based programs.

"Mrs. Amerling sees the important big picture that supports the whole child at one grade level, and as he/she moves through a well articulated, highly sequenced and organized K-12 experience," Napolitano said. "She understands the importance of providing for students in a caring environment where each can develop at his/her own pace. She has a positive relationship and rapport with parents and staff, and views herself as a partner with them in the education process and experience."

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