Hello & Welcome

August 22, 2016

Dear PS 198 Community,

It is with great pleasure that I accept the position as the Interim Acting Principal at PS 198. When I arrived at the school last September as the Assistant Principal, I was greeted by so many warm and welcoming families and staff members. So many of you have long histories with our school; many families have had generations of children pass through this building, and many staff members have worked at PS 198 for upwards of ten or more years. It is a privilege to be part of this community.

I come to this role having worked in various capacities with young children, each influential in developing my teaching and leadership practice. I graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University, where I earned my dual degree in Early Childhood Special and General Education. I worked as a Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) and Paraprofessional, and then taught for several years in Integrated Co-Teaching Classrooms in another District 2 school, PS 59. It was there that I began my leadership training, and ultimately completed the Leaders in Education Apprenticeship Program (LEAP), which was specifically aligned with the instructional initiatives most current in our city’s school system. Then last year I had the opportunity to come to PS 198 and work closely with Principal Nancy Cabrero and members of our school leadership team.

Nancy and I have spent the summer rigorously preparing and planning for the new school year to ensure the school undergoes a smooth transition. I look forward to sharing these plans with our staff upon their return in September and with the larger community at our first family night on September 22nd. Also this summer, I participated in many professional learning series alongside District 2 and other citywide Principals. Perhaps most importantly, I had the opportunity to sit with several of our classroom teachers at summer workshops as they planned units of study. Staying close to the work of our teachers is one of my priorities for the coming year.

I look forward to the return of our teachers and staff, many of whom will come back in late August to set up classrooms and prepare for the arrival of students. On September 8th we will welcome our children back to school. The first day energy is always exciting as conversation jumps between updates on summer activities and plans for the new school year. For those of you who are new to our school or who I do not know as well, please do not hesitate to introduce yourself in the halls, or out in the schoolyard where you will likely find me playing 6-square or basketball with our third, fourth and fifth graders.

I believe that everyone needs time for personal wellness and as many of you know, I am an avid runner. I’ve spent many hot, summer mornings running in Central Park. This year I will proudly represent the PS 198 Bulldogs at the NYC Marathon in November, as I attempt to run my fastest marathon to date. I hope that you too have had time this summer to relax with family and friends.

Change brings both challenges and opportunities to take a fresh perspective on our school. With that in mind, I feel both fortunate and excited to have been appointed to serve you as the Interim Acting Principal at PS 198 and look forward to a successful year for every staff member, family, and most importantly, our students.

Warm Regards,

Katharine Macmanus