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Roaring Brook's Assist. Principal Picked for School's Top Job

Superintendent selects Amy Fishkin to be Roaring Brook Elementary School principal, starting next year.

Assistant Principal Amy Fishkin has been picked to become the school's new principal, Chappaqua school district Superintendent Lyn McKay announced Friday.

"I am excited about all that Amy will bring to Roaring Brook in her new role. As the Assistant Principal for the past five years, Amy has come to know the unique aspects of the Roaring Brook community," McKay said in a statement. "Her fifteen years of teaching and administrative experience at the elementary level have prepared Amy to be most successful in her new position."

Prior to becoming a Roaring Brook administrator, Fishkin taught 2nd and 4th graders at , according to David Hayes, the district's public information official.

The district has been looking for a new Roaring Brook head since Eric Byrne was to assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. An initial search over the fall and winter, which included an interview committee of parents and teachers, yielded three finalists, McKay told Patch in a February interview. However, two of them dropped out for personal reasons, in February. For the second search, the intent was to make a choice on a rolling basis, rather than waiting for applications to come in during a fixed period.

Fishkin received a bacholer's degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996, and a master's degree in early childhood and elementary education from the Bank Street College of Education in 1998. She also holds a master's in administration and supervision, the result of having completed Future School Leaders Academy in 2007, a program done through BOCES and Bank Street.

McKay will present her choice of Fishkin to the school board for approval at its May 1 meeting. If appointed, Fishkin will start her new job on July 1.

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