The William Floyd School District has appointed Camelle Person as the next principal of William Floyd Middle School, a role in which she will serve as the instructional and administrative leader of the grade six through eight building, with nearly 1,100 students and a staff of more than 80 faculty and 50 professional staff members. She will begin her new role as principal on July 1. She will be taking over for Matthew Sanders, who has accepted the position of assistant superintendent for human resources in the district.
Person has served the William Floyd school community for the past six years as the assistant principal of the William Floyd Learning Center, a K-5 alternative elementary school for students who require a more intensive building-wide management system. Before joining the William Floyd Learning Center administrative staff, Mrs. Person served for 14 years at PS 199 The Shakespeare School in the Bronx, part of the New York City Department of Education system, as a teacher, dean and assistant principal. This is her 20th year as an educator.
“Person is a natural leader with strong administrative experience and a contagious and positive personality,” said Kathleen Keane, assistant superintendent for secondary instruction and administration, William Floyd School District. “Over her time at the William Floyd Learning Center, she has demonstrated genuine admiration for the entire school community. She is a creative and innovative leader who will continue William Floyd Middle School on a path of exponential growth.”
As principal, Person will continue to lead a shared educational vision to ensure the success of the entire William Floyd Middle School community including all students, faculty, staff and administration, building upon the strong foundation that is in place while nurturing and sustaining a positive school culture and topnotch instructional program.
“Our district does an exceptional job of educating the whole child and creates avenues for all students to learn,” said Person. “My goal as the principal of William Floyd Middle School will be, along with my colleagues, to create an environment where students and staff love coming to school every day and where excellence in learning is at the heart of everything we do. By setting clear expectations, it will help to unlock the genius that exists in all of us. I am truly excited for this new chapter in my educational journey and I am eager to roll up my sleeves and continue my work here at William Floyd!”
At William Floyd, Person has also served as the program co-administrator in charge of the SCOPE Enrichment Services programs for the past two years. Some of her core strengths as an educational leader include student motivation, a collaborative spirit, active community involvement, student instruction and nurturing, teacher support and supervision, program development and implementation, special education operations/compliance, creative discipline/positive behavior interventions, and more.
Person earned her Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and psychology with a minor in urban education, her Master’s of Science degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages from Touro College, and her Master’s of Science educational/school based leadership from Baruch College.
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