On March 24, the Council of Administrators and Supervisors recognized Wading River Elementary School Principal Stephen Donohue as the Long Island Elementary Principal of the Year for his leadership in the field of education. The council is the largest professional organization of school administrators and supervisors on Long Island, with more than 1,300 members. Family, friends and colleagues came together to honor Mr. Donohue for his 40 years of experience.
“My selection as the Long Island Elementary Principal of the Year is a great honor which I share with my family, fellow principals, teachers and staff members,” said Donohue. “I have been very fortunate to have worked at Wading River Elementary School with such fabulous students, parents and staff members over the past 15 years, as well as my previous schools and districts.”
Mr. Donohue began his teaching career in 1974 at St. Francis Xavier School in Manhattan, where he taught English language arts and social studies. Since then, he has worked at his former high school, Power Memorial Academy in Manhattan, William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach and Rocky Point High School in various roles, including teacher, guidance counselor, athletics coach, assistant principal, assistant superintendent of curriculum and personnel, and superintendent of schools. In 1998, the Rocky Point Lions Club named Mr. Donohue Citizen of the Year for his work within the school district and community.
In July of 1999, Mr. Donohue accepted the position of principal of Wading River Elementary School, in which he has served for the past 15 years. Mr. Donohue will be retiring this June.