New Director Appointed

Stephanie Columbia

Stephanie Columbia

The Longwood Board of Education has unanimously approved the appointment of Stephanie Columbia as the Director of Mental Health Services and Student Attendance, effective July 6, 2017.
Ms. Columbia began her career at Longwood in 2001, where she served as a school social worker at Ridge Elementary School. In that capacity, she initiated parent support and parenting skills programs, coordinated community outreach, and implemented social skills training for students.
In 2014, she co-authored the School Climate Transformation Grant from the New York State Department of Education and Safe and Healthy Schools. Longwood was awarded the $1.7 million grant to implement Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies (PBIS) for students K-12 and The Leader in Me for students K-4.
To facilitate the implementation of the grant, Ms. Columbia provided Districtwide professional development to staff, initiated school building internal PBIS teams, served as district level coordinator and implemented the building level PBIS coaching program.
In 2015 and 2016, she presented at both the Northeast and National PBIS Conference on the positive impact of the grant’s implementation. In October 2017, she will present at the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis Conference.
Ms. Columbia earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Purchase College in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University, and received her BCBA in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. She earned her administrative certifications from Dowling College and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from St. John’s University.

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