Riverhead Names New Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development

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The Riverhead Central School District has named Lori Koerner as its new executive director of curriculum, instruction and professional development. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Koerner to our Riverhead family,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Aurelia Henriquez. “She is a proven leader and has a wealth of experience behind her.”   

Koerner, a West Islip resident, has served as principal of Tremont Elementary School in the Patchogue-Medford School District since 2016. During the past three years, she has increased student attendance, decreased behavior referrals by 50% and established a Parent University for the community. She also served as a district leader in Patchogue-Medford, wherein she coordinated new elementary programs, planned and implemented a balanced literacy program, wrote new curriculum, and organized and hosted a variety of guest speaker events.

Prior to Patchogue-Medford, Koerner worked in Hicksville Public Schools as the district coordinator/principal for its Students at Risk program, and as an elementary school teacher, teaching grades pre-K through six during her nearly 25-year teaching career.  

In addition to her public school experience, Koerner has been an adjunct professor of special education at Dowling College and SUNY Old Westbury. She has hosted numerous professional development workshops for educators, published her professional educational research, and is a Fulbright Scholar.

Koerner holds an associate degree in early childhood education from Farmingdale State College. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in special education, and School Building Leader and School District Leader certifications, all from Dowling College. She is working on earning her Doctor of Education at St. John’s University.

“It is an honor to join the Riverhead Central School District,” Koerner said. “I am grateful for this incredible opportunity to support the children in our community along their educational journey.”

Koerner said she is looking forward to working collaboratively with faculty, staff, students and families to ensure that the social, emotional and academic needs of every child are met. 

“It is essential that we educate our students with a futuristic approach,” she said. “It will assist in offering them a multitude of opportunities so that they can become successful citizens in a global society.”