Ms. Deborah Mariniello



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Ms. Deborah Mariniello

July 22, 2019

Dear Lakewood Elementary School Families,

It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself as your new principal and partner of Lakewood Elementary School!  Lakewood Elementary School is a special place, and it is truly an honor to become part of the Clarkstown community.

To this new position, I bring twenty five years of experience as an educator. After teaching elementary school, Kindergarten through sixth grade, I served as the Assistant Principal and Principal of Dows Lane Elementary School in Irvington, New York, for seven years. During this time, I was committed to implementing and supporting the very best programs and practices that would move each and every child forward both academically and social-emotionally.  I offer a genuine love for elementary school life. It is such an important and formative time in the lives of our children. I remain committed to the importance of kindness, respect and fostering a joy for learning, while supporting all children with a growth mindset and valuable habits of mind.

Building relationships with all stakeholders is one of the most important pillars to a successful school. This summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with Mrs. Eileen Casey to learn about Lakewood Elementary’s practices and programs. She provided a wonderful overview and confirmed that Lakewood is an amazing place, full of dedicated professionals and wonderful families.  I look forward to working closely with all families and the PTA to support the valuable programs and opportunities they provide for our children. 

In addition, in the coming months, I look forward to working closely with all staff and meeting each and every student.  In September, I plan to spend time in all classrooms and learning spaces, including the cafeteria and playgrounds. I honestly can’t wait to hear the halls of Lakewood Elementary School filled with the sounds of children and learning again!  

I am truly honored to join your school community and I look forward to meeting all of you soon! 

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or just to say hello at

Deborah Mariniello, Principal