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Nassau BOCES appoints new Principal of Adult Education

Michele Cohen, principal, Adult Education

Michele Cohen was recently named Principal of the Nassau BOCES Adult Education Program. The administrator brings more than 15 years of experience to the position, taking the helm after serving three years as assistant principal.  

Ms. Cohen began her educational career in the New York City School system, teaching both special education and mathematics for six years. From there, she moved into administration and, for several years, served the NYC Department of Education in a variety of leadership roles including assistant principal, achievement coach and deputy network leader. In 2014, she came to Nassau BOCES in the capacity of Assistant Principal of the Adult Evening program and has been helping lead Adult Education students to success ever since.  

For the past three years, Ms. Cohen has spent much of her time creating partnerships with industry and building the program’s workforce development, always working to make connections between the classroom and the real world. “The region’s demographics and economy have changed dramatically, which changes the way we educate,” Ms. Cohen said of the important work her program does. “We want Nassau BOCES to be the leader in Long Island workforce development. That’s why we’re always trying to improve things and create new pathways.”  

Adult Education is an umbrella under which a number of vital programs operate including Adult Career and Technical Education, Job Placement and Vocational Training for adults with disabilities, English as a Second Language, and the Parent-Child Home Program, an early literacy program for preschool-age children. “Our programs are so diverse that an entire family can benefit from Adult Education,” Ms. Cohen said. “We will continue to make smarter connections between our programs, unifying them until they work seamlessly as one.”  

Ms. Cohen also wants to spread the word about Nassau BOCES Adult Education. “People come to us because they aren't sure of the right career path,” she said. “The public knows us, but I want them to better understand who we are and what we can do for them. There are so many more people who we can help. I want to help them find their path to success.”  

Ms. Cohen holds a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University, a master’s degree in secondary education from Mercy College, a master’s degree in school administration from the Teachers College at Columbia University, and advanced certification in school district leadership from Baruch College at the City University of New York. She also holds a number of certifications as a New York State educator including special education and mathematics teacher, school district leader, and school building leader.