Former Assistant Principal at South Side Middle School, Michael Duggan will proudly be serving as Principal of Stimson Middle School beginning this February.
Prior to starting his path into education, Duggan had a passion for biology. He attended Bowling Green State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in December 2002. Soon after he was an aquarist for the New York Aquarium in Brooklyn, and a Staff Biologist for Coral World in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“It’s so much fun,” Duggan said. “I spent a lot of time in the water.”
While living in St. Thomas, Duggan was asked to do a presentation on marine life to students at a Seventh Day Adventist school, and he loved it. He continued to do this weekly and during this time, he began to look into another grant to continue research, and his sister-in-law suggested he get his master’s degree and teach back in New York.
Duggan earned his masters in science education from Pace University in May 2007 and in environmental conversation education in December 2010. Duggan went through the New York City Teaching Fellows program and started working at a small school in Brooklyn. As if the planet’s aligned, Duggan knew this was where he should be.
“That’s what drew me into teaching, the blending of my life experiences into something else very cool,” he said.
Duggan taught in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx before becoming Assistant Principal at Bronxdale High School until June 2019, where he most recently was Assistant Principal of South Side Middle School in Rockville Centre.
His experience as South Side’s Assistant Principal was extremely positive and gave him the ability to hone his craft in leadership, especially during this time.
“Going through COVID, people really had to step up and think about education in very different ways,” Duggan said.
He is very grateful for his experience and the people he’s met in Rockville Centre, and is honored to join South Huntington.
“The South Huntington School District is very fortunate to have Mr. Michael Duggan as the new Principal of Stimson Middle School,” said Superintendent Dr. Vito D’Elia. “We look forward to supporting Mr. Duggan in his new role as the leader of our middle school.”
As new Principal of Stimson, Duggan’s goals are to be present in everyday activities and foster strong relationships with the community, families, and students.
“Education is best when there are strong, trusting relationships formed,” he said.
Outside of administration, Duggan is a huge hockey fan, specifically for the New York Rangers. He also loves gardening, hiking, and going to the beach. Duggan loves spending time with his wife and kids the most and doing a lot of these activities with them.
“After an extensive search, Stimson Middle School has found a new educational leader to guide its staff and students to continued success,” said former Principal of Stimson and new Director of Personnel, Mr. Edwin Smith. “Principal Michael Duggan is thrilled to join our school community and we are equally thrilled to have him join our educational family. Let’s show him a true Wildcat welcome!”
About Mr. Mike Duggan:
Mr. Mike Duggan began his path into biology by studying at Bowling Green State University in Ohio from August 1998 to December 2002, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He was both an Aquarist for the New York Aquarium in Brooklyn and a Staff Biologist for Coral World in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Duggan attended Pace University from June 2004 to May 2007 where he earned his Master’s degree in science education. From September 2008 to December 2010, he attended New York University and received his Master’s degree in environmental conversation education. Duggan also completed the School Building Leader Program from January 2015 to December 2015 from The College of St. Rose CITE program, while also receiving his Biology 7-12 Certification in September 2010 and his School Building Leadership Certification in March 2021.
Duggan began as a Science Teacher for Brooklyn Academy of Science before becoming a Science Teacher in Queens at Louis Pasteur Middle School from September 2010 to June 2013. From June 2013 to June 2015 he was an AP Biology teacher in the Bronx for Bronxdale High School before becoming Assistant Principal there from July 2015 to June 2019. Most recently, since July 2019, Duggan was Assistant Principal for South Side Middle School in Rockville Centre.
Duggan will begin his new position as Principal for Stimson Middle School in February 2022.