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Trustees Appoint New Woodhull Principal

New Woodhull School Principal Traci Roethel with Superintendent Jim Polansky.
New Woodhull School Principal Traci Roethel with Superintendent Jim Polansky.

With the impending retirement of Mary Stokkers, Huntington School Board members have appointed Traci Roethel as the new principal of Woodhull Intermediate School. The change in command will occur in early February.

Ms. Roethel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education at Stetson University in Florida in 1992.  She obtained a Master of Science degree in education with a specialization in math at Queens College in 2003 and completed an advanced graduate certificate in educational leadership at Stony Brook University in 2009.

Ms. Roethel is coming to Huntington from Half Hollow Hills, where she has been an assistant principal at Candlewood Middle School since 2010. She previously worked as a sixth grade math teacher and fourth grade classroom teacher in Oyster Bay and as a math consultant to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich, Shoreham-Wading River and Hicksville school districts. She was a fourth grade teacher in Volusia County, Florida for seven years before moving to New York.

“We are excited to welcome Ms. Roethel into the Huntington school community,” Huntington Superintendent James W. Polansky said. “She comes to us with a wealth of experience, and a genuine sense of excitement to join the Woodhull family.”

At Candlewood, Ms. Roethel has provided supervision of instruction for math, science and special education and overseen the school psychologists and guidance counselors. She has been responsible for all scheduling and handling of state testing, midterms, final exams and Regents exams. She has participated in the creation of the school’s master class schedule and has provided oversight of extra-curricular activities.

Ms. Roethel has completed numerous educational workshops related to curriculum and improving instruction, including Columbia University Teacher’s College seminars.

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