Meet Miller Avenue’s New Principal

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Under the district’s new Princeton Plan of Education, Miller Avenue School was recently transformed from a school housing students in grades K-5 to one educating those in grades K-2. The school now welcomes a new principal, as well. In late June, Christine Carlson took the helm and has been working throughout the summer to ensure the transition is a smooth one.

Carlson said she has spent a great majority of the summer listening to parents and teachers to understand new ideas as well as the school’s traditions that need to be preserved.

“My vision is to take the best parts of the ‘old’ buildings and bring them into the ‘new’ Miller Avenue, while at the same time implementing new initiatives to create our own culture,” she said.

She also hopes to create a new learning community at Miller Avenue.

“Being a primary school allows us the opportunity to really focus on developmental needs by tailoring programs and initiatives to young learners and their specific needs,” she said.

Carlson, a resident of the Village of Bellport, has the experience to do just that and more. She worked as an assistant principal for two and a half years at John S. Hobart and Nathaniel Woodhull elementary schools in the William Floyd School District, and also taught first and third grade in the West Islip School District, where she worked for 11 years. She holds a master’s in elementary education from Hofstra University and a degree in accounting from Ithaca College.

Taking the position at Miller Avenue, said Carlson, was the right next step in her career.  

“I felt like I wanted the opportunity to lead my own building,” she said, noting that she was also intrigued by the opportunity to lead during a transition. “Shoreham-Wading River is a close-knit community that values education. The educational philosophy of the district is similar to my own beliefs.”

The new Miller principal said she is looking forward to the first day of school, and that parents should know her first priority is serving the best interests of the students.  

“What is best for the students is the key to my decision-making,” she said.

She also wants parents and students to know she is very approachable and encourages them to reach out to her.

“I am happy to assist in making the students’ years at Miller Avenue as memorable and enjoyable as possible,” she said.