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Oyster Bay Enterprise Pilot - Schools

A Fond Farewell To A Beloved Principal

Friday, Nov. 22 was the last day in Oyster Bay for Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School Principal Ms. Gina Faust.

Ms. Faust was a part of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich school district since 1994. At the time, she was Ms. Barbato, who was an elementary classroom teacher for 10 years and then literacy coach for three years.  In 2007, she assumed the position of principal at the Theodore Roosevelt School.  During that time she also served as math, science, technology teacher leader / staff developer, participating in extensive professional development, collaborating with colleagues and leading teacher training workshops for other school districts, including Roslyn, where she is headed to take the reins as principal of the Harbor Hill Elementary School.

“We are very pleased to welcome an outstanding educator to Roslyn’s administrative team,” said Roslyn’s Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dan Brenner. “In Gina Faust, we are fortunate to have found someone who not only has exceptional experience as an elementary teacher and administrator, but who is also a literacy expert and a strong proponent of Roslyn’s approach to elementary education.”

 Faust is a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh, with an MA in elementary education from Hofstra and a professional certificate in school administration from Queens College. She assumed her new position on Nov. 25.

Prior to her move, Faust said, “After calling the Roosevelt School my ‘home away from home’ for close to 20 years, I will soon be leaving this incredible school district to assume the position of principal of Harbor Hill Elementary School in Roslyn.  Although I will be sad to say ‘farewell’ to my Roosevelt family, I am ready to embrace the challenges of this new position.  

“I kind of feel like one of my favorite characters, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, because I want to tell each of you how much I will miss you.  Each of you has made a significant impact on my life both personally and professionally. I will be forever grateful to you for your support, friendship, guidance, teamwork, inspiration – the list goes on.”  

Ms. Faust may never know just what an impact she has made on the young lives she has touched in Oyster Bay or how much she was loved.