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Massapequa Observer - Schools

Massapequa Native Named Dean Of Berner Middle School

Longtime Massapequa resident Barbara Lowell has been named Dean of Students at Alfred G. Berner Middle School. She taught social studies there since 1998 and in recent years has taken on the added responsibility of part-time attendance officer.

“Although many would agree that the job of Dean is about discipline, the role handles many services for students, including lockers, buses and character education programs,” said Lowell. “I hope students will feel comfortable enough to come into my office to ask for help or to find answers to their questions as we strive to provide a safe and comfortable educational environment for all.”

Lowell is a product of Massapequa Schools and still lives in the community today. She earned a bachelor’s degree in History/Education and a master’s degree in Education from Molloy College, and also received a master’s degree in School Leadership from Touro College. She has spent her entire career in the Massapequa School District, not only teaching but coaching field hockey at the high school.

“Massapequa’s social studies department, especially Berner’s, is one of the best in New York State and I am proud to have been a part of it,” she said. “From the dynamic lessons, to the innovative use of technology, to the many contests and awards the students have participated in and won, I feel I have contributed to that success and will miss being part of such a great department. At the same time I am excited to embark on the position of Dean of Students and have the opportunity to give back just some of what the district and community has given to me.”