During the Great Neck Board of Education meeting on April 28, Board trustees voted unanimously to appoint Michelle Bell as the principal of Parkville School following the retirement of Kathleen Murray. Murray previously announced her retirement effective this summer.
Bell currently serves as the assistant principal of the John F. Kennedy School, a position she has held since 2018. Her career in the district spans more than 12 years, including seven years as a classroom teacher at E.M. Baker School.
Parkville School is an early childhood center that houses pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students, as well as the Fun for Fours program. When the district expanded pre-kindergarten and Fun for Fours classes to Kennedy School in 2019, Bell played a key role in developing and implementing these programs at the new location.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be appointed as the next principal of Parkville School,” Bell said. “I am thrilled to remain within the Great Neck Public Schools and to be a part of this wonderful community. I am devoted to our children and will continue to advocate for, nurture, and wholeheartedly champion each one of them.”
Bell earned her Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership and her Master of Science in Educational Technology from Long Island University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Delaware. She holds Professional Certification as a Teacher of Childhood Education, Teacher of Mathematics, and as an Educational Technology Specialist. Bell is also certified as a School Building Leader.
—Submitted by Great Neck Public Schools