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New Middle School Assistant Principal Appointed

  Kamillah Dawkins  photoEffective July 1, Farragut Middle School will have a new assistant principal. Kamillah Dawkins was appointed at last week’s Board of Education meeting, after a competitive search that attracted many qualified candidates.

“We’re delighted to welcome Ms. Dawkins to Hastings,” said Superintendent Dr. William McKersie. "She brings excellence and expertise based on her success as an assistant principal, assistant principal of pupil personnel, humanities coordinator and social studies teacher. Through an extensive interview process, she impressed teachers, administrators and students with her knowledge, compassion and enthusiasm.”

Currently an assistant principal at Hunter College High School where she is responsible for grades seven through nine, Dawkins started her career in education as a high school social studies teacher, teaching AP World History, among other subjects. After 10 years she decided to move into administration and took a position as a humanities coordinator in the South Bronx.

She has a BSED in Secondary Education from St. John’s University, an MA in Social Studies from Hofstra University and an Advanced Certificate in School Administration from the College of St. Rose.

Her appointment in Hastings fulfills a long-held desire to work with younger children. “As a high school teacher I would see gaps in students’ learning, and I felt that if I had had the opportunity to work with them at a younger age, I could apply some literacy interventions that I think are helpful,” she said.

Dawkins said that Hastings has been on her radar for about a year, after she visited the town with some friends. “We went for brunch and walked around. It was so beautiful, and I immediately felt that this would be a place where I would feel at home.”

After that visit, she looked into the school district and liked what she saw. “The district’s values and educational philosophy are so aligned with mine. The Hastings School District is progressive, and I saw how it is a leader in incorporating DEI (Diversity Equity and Inclusion) issues. Right away I knew that this was a district that would be a good fit for me.”

Dawkins currently lives on Long Island but has already started plans to move to Westchester with her two daughters, aged 13 and three.

She will take over from Ken Cotrone who has been serving as interim assistant principal this year. “I’d like to thank Mr. Ken Cotrone for stepping up as the interim assistant principal, and for doing so with tireless commitment and care for the FMS community," said McKersie.

April 24, 2022