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Children’s Readiness Center welcomes new assistant principal

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Ms. Victoria Doucet of Merrick has been appointed as the new assistant principal of Children’s Readiness Center.

Victoria Doucet has been appointed assistant principal of the Children’s Readiness Center. A fierce student advocate with 15 years of experience overseeing special education programming, Ms. Doucet has outstanding skills in parent communications, relationship building, conflict resolution, student counseling, complex scheduling and staff development.

Victoria Doucet began her career wearing several hats for AHRC NYC, an organization serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She first served as a transition counselor and behavior trainer assistant specialist, in which capacity she provided counseling on workplace behaviors, social skills, travel training, self-advocacy and person-centered planning. As a social skills instructor, Ms. Doucet established and led several social-skill-building groups. She also served as an afterschool program coordinator for teens with autism spectrum disorder and emotional disabilities.

From AHRC, Ms. Doucet moved on to the Cooke Center for Learning and Development (now the Cooke School and Institute), where she developed and oversaw a transition program to prepare students ages 18-21 for life after high school. Here she filled a number of leadership roles.

As administrative coordinator for the Cooke SKILLs Program, she managed curriculum development, coordinated daily events and activities, supervised the vocational service internship program, and managed relationships with more than 35 community partners. As head teacher and counselor for SKILLs, Ms. Doucet provided person-centered, cognitive behavioral counseling with an emphasis on opportunities for community inclusion.

In 2014, she became the assistant division head and dean of students at Cooke’s high school, where she supervised a team of more than 20 paraprofessionals to create a well-rounded, multidisciplinary student program. For the past three years, she has served as Assistant Head of the Cooke School, overseeing programming and student support services for Cooke’s 240 K-12 students.

“I am thrilled to be joining Nassau BOCES,” Ms. Doucet said of her new position. “I am excited to bring my knowledge and experience to bear for the CRC, and to further enhance the incredible programs that are already in place here. If there is one key thing I’ve learned in my years as an administrator,” she said, “it’s how crucial open communication and trust are among educators and educational stakeholders. I look forward to building meaningful relationships with the talented staff members, students and parents here, as well as with our component school districts and the greater Nassau BOCES community.”

Ms. Doucet holds New York State certification as a school counselor and a building leader, as well as certification as a crisis prevention intervention instructor from the NYS Crisis Prevention Institute. She earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Adelphi University, a master’s in school counseling from the City University of New York at Hunter College, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Loyola University.