Cutting-edge professional development and positive behavioral reinforcement programs are just two of the things that brought new high school principal Dr. Matthew Lawrence to the Mahopac Central School District.
“You don’t see these types of authentic, groundbreaking programs everywhere,” Lawrence said, referring to the Breakthrough Classroom professional development for teachers and the positive behavioral reinforcement programs in place in all five schools.
“I love the fact that the high school has comfortable, creative seating areas for students inside and outside,” Lawrence said. “I like the philosophy of schools treating students as citizens with options.”
Lawrence, who lives in Poughquag with his wife and five children, is a 22-year education veteran. He began his career teaching math in Newark. He then went on to become the assistant principal of Roy Ketchum High School in Wappingers, and later worked as assistant principal of Beacon High School. Most recently he was the principal of Greenwood Lake Middle School in Monroe.
Lawrence said he has always felt that his true professional home was high school. “I have always loved working in high schools,” he said. “I think it is the best fit.”
Mahopac’s status as a district with stellar academics, great community spirit and well-rounded extracurricular offerings added to Lawrence’s desire to become part of the school community.
“It is a great district, and I look forward to enhancing and adding to the wonderful culture and programs already in place.”