Get to Know Maplewood's New Principal

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My name is Dr. Gayle Steele and it is an honor to introduce myself to you as the new principal of Maplewood Intermediate School.  South Huntington School District is known for its dedication to quality education for all students and I am excited to become part of this wonderful community.  

My experiences as a teacher and an administrator have given me opportunities to partner with all stakeholders in creating educational environments where children come first. I was an 8th grade teacher for four years with the Department of Education in Brooklyn, a 6th grade teacher for one year in Elmont and a 5th grade teacher for eight years in Half Hollow Hills. I served as an assistant principal in Half Hollow Hills for two years before becoming principal in Valley Stream where I have been for the past seven years. Although all of my experiences were great, I feel fortunate that life’s path has led me to South Huntington. 

My college career began at Queens College, where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Psychology. With the incredible support of my family, I later earned a Master’s Degree in General and Special Education and a Master’s Degree in School Leadership from Touro College. I then earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Dowling College.  

I am fortunate to have raised two daughters and to be married for 26 years. My family is very dear to me as I know yours is to you. This is why I value my work so deeply. As a parent or guardian, you need to know that your child is being well cared for in a nurturing environment when they attend school every day. I can assure you that they are in good hands with an exceptional staff and are welcomed into a culture of caring.  Maplewood is a place of excellence, and we will continue to work together to promote challenging academics while supporting the social-emotional needs of our students.

I am truly thankful to have this opportunity to share my love of learning with the Maplewood family. I look forward to getting to know you and your children. South Huntington has a wonderful reputation of excellence and I look forward to continuing with the great work that is already in motion.