Sean Murray has been named the new principal of West Hempstead Middle School, effective Aug. 24, 2018. His latest appointment follows seven years as an administrator in the Long Beach School District.
“I am eager and excited to lead the students, staff and families that make up the West Hempstead Middle School community,” said Murray. “I look forward to supporting the engaging, student-centered classrooms and continuing the school’s culture of excellence.”
The new West Hempstead administrator started his tenure in Long Beach in July 2011 as principal of East Elementary School. Four years later, he moved to the district offices as director of elementary curriculum, instruction and assessment, a newly established role that he held for three years. The position combined the functions of five K-12 directors – those of English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and English as New Language and world languages. As director he developed district staff development goals for instructional coaching model for embedded professional development in literacy, mathematics, inquiry and best practices, among many other tasks.
Prior to Long Beach, Murray served as assistant principal of Norman J. Levy-Lakeside Elementary School in the Merrick School District for four years. His teaching career began in 2001 as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher at P.S. 90 - Horace Mann in Queens. He went on to teach third grade in the Franklin Square School District during the 2001-02 academic year, and then worked for five years teaching fifth grade in the Elmont School District.
Murray graduated from Binghamton University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in English and general literature. He went on to obtain a master’s degree in elementary education from Hofstra University, where he also earned a certificate of advanced study in educational policy and leadership.