Seaman Neck Middle School appoints Barry Tech alumnus new assistant principal
Omar Brown, a longtime Nassau BOCES educator and Barry Tech alumnus, has been appointed as assistant principal of Seaman Neck Middle School, for students with learning, behavioral, emotional and developmental challenges. In addition to having served Nassau BOCES for more than 15 years as a special educator, Mr. Brown is also a graduate of the computer engineering program at Barry Tech.
Upon completing the Barry Tech computer program, Mr. Brown immediately put what he’d learned to work for Nassau BOCES as a computer tech at Seaman Neck. In that capacity, he: set up hardware; installed and configured software; repaired, maintained and upgraded equipment; problem solved technology issues; and provided solutions to restore technological functionality.
During this time, he also served the Seaman Neck summer school program as a special education teacher aide, in which role he helped to ensure continued student progress during the summer months. He assisted teachers in: targeting academic goals for individualized education programs; conducting behavioral assessments; developing effective behavior intervention plans; and preparing students for real-life experiences by providing them with daily living skills.
After 13 successful years at Seaman Neck, Mr. Brown was recruited to his current role as a special education teacher at Nassau BOCES Robert Williams Middle School (RWMS). In addition to his critical role in the classroom, he was also a vital part of the development team that established a Truancy and Assessment Service Center (TASC) to provide early identification and assessment services for at-risk students and to coordinate interventions that prevent excessive school absences. The TASC program is currently used at numerous locations throughout the agency.
Two years ago, through a clinical internship with the educational leadership program at Hunter College, Mr. Brown took on the role of administrative supervisor at RWMS. In this capacity, he managed departmental budgets, maintained schedules, conducted teacher evaluations, provided professional development and training opportunities, and contributed to positive behavioral interventions and supports.
Mr. Brown holds a master’s degree in education from Hunter College, a master of science degree from Touro College, and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Old Westbury. He has New York State certification in the teaching of students with disabilities in grades 1-12, as well as specific state certification in English and social studies. He is in the process of earning certification as a school district and school building leader.
“I am very proud of my journey from teacher to administrator,” Mr. Brown said of his new role. “The transition into a leadership role is tremendously exciting. As assistant principal, I will have the opportunity to further enhance student development, and to guide the exceptional staff here at Seaman Neck in meeting the diverse academic and behavioral needs of our students. I am extremely grateful to my colleagues here at Nassau BOCES for supporting and fostering my growth over the years.”