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Nassau BOCES GC Tech appoints new assistant principal

Woman standing outside smilingCaitriona O’Neill has moved up the ranks of the administration at Nassau BOCES GC Tech to join the school’s leadership team. Ms. O’Neill has been named Assistant Principal of the Nassau BOCES GC Tech, housed at the Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Education Center, a sister school to Barry Tech, located at the Levittown Memorial Education Center. Her new role is part of an administrative transition to advance the school further along the path to growth and success in the new normal.

 “There have been some shifts in leadership, but the transition has been smooth, and this school year is already off to successful start,” said Ms. O’Neill of GC Tech’s adjustment to post-pandemic education. “A lot of vital learning opportunities had to be tabled during Covid, but we are now looking to once gain expand those opportunities for all of our students.”

One of the key ways this is accomplished, according to O’Neill, is through the revitalization of Nassau BOCES industry partnerships, which are of mutual benefit to students and businesses alike. There is a significant incentive for employers to build relationships with GC Tech students, as they are the future of the Long Island workforce. 

“They get first pick of the newest workers entering their respective fields,” she said of the agency’s partners. “There’s a real opportunity to train young laborers to meet the specific needs of their industry. In exchange, our students explore career options by employing the skills and tools they are acquiring at GC Tech in a real-world work setting.”

For the past year, Ms. O’Neill has been program coordinator at GC Tech, contributing to the development of the school’s programs and courses. Before that, she served the New York City school system as teacher, dean of students, and academic intervention services coordinator. In her various positions as an educator, she has valued collaboration and communication as vital tools for success.

“This school is filled with all-stars,” Ms. O’Neill said of GC Tech, “from our leadership team to every level of staff. Our educators are professionals from local industry, uniquely qualified to deliver instruction in their specific career fields. It is my job to support them, to ensure they are a success in the classroom, and to help them to continually improve student achievement. There is tremendous potential for growth here,” she said. “I want everyone to have the opportunity to thrive.”

A respected professional administrator, Ms. O’Neill holds a degree in educational leadership and administrative programs from the College of St. Rose, as well as a master’s degree in instructional technology and a bachelor’s degree in adolescent education from Long Island University. She is certified as a school district leader, a school building leader and a secondary level teacher.