Meet Sharon O’Grady – Washington Irving’s New Assistant Principal
Sharon O’Grady starts each day at Washington Irving greeting parents and students. The new Assistant Principal sees her role as one of building relationships.
“I want to visit every classroom and meet every student, “ said O’Grady during a recent interview. “I want to be on the front line with the teachers and gain a better sense of what is going on in the school.”
O’Grady assumed the position on September 1, when she replaced interim Assistant Principal Rosemarie Romano and she will work closely with Principal Thomas Holland. While the role is new for O’Grady, she has worked for the past seven years in the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns and knows the district well.
She served as the District Math Coordinator, grades K-12, for the past two years coordinating curriculum throughout the district and previously was the Staff Developer at Washington Irving, acting as a liaison between families and administrators. She designed and facilitated workshops for teachers and parents, coordinated back-to-school nights, student assemblies, and informational evening events.
O’Grady said, “I know the people, I know the curriculum, the routines and the building procedures.”
Prior to joining the TUFSD, she worked as a literacy coach and taught fourth and fifth grades for six years at P.S 306 in the New York City Public Schools.
O’Grady welcomes the opportunity to apply all these skills to her new role at WI. She especially enjoys working with students in the third through fifth grades.
“It is such a rewarding age group to work with. You watch them grow and blossom so much over the course of three years. They are still very eager to learn, they still laugh when you share silly read alouds, they still look up to you. They are like little sponges, soaking everything up, transforming into independent, critical thinkers right before our eyes.”
O’Grady earned a Professional Certificate in Educational Leadership from Manhattanville College, a Master of Science in Literacy Education from Mercy College and a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education from the State University of New York at Oswego.
She spent the summer transitioning to the new position, scheduling assignments for teachers and learning more about the administrative functions of the building. She set up her new office and placed a variety of books in it for children to read.
O’Grady is grateful to continue her career in the District. “Tarrytown is truly such a special place,” she noted. “We are a close-knit family. We have such incredible teachers, and everyone is here to support one another and to support our students.” She continued, “When the staff and teachers are happy, that projects to the students.”
In her free time, O’Grady enjoys time with her husband and three young boys. This summer she enjoyed reading, camping and days at the beach.