As the leading candidate for principal, Mamaroneck High School social studies teacher Liz Clain is out meeting the community this week, with a special “Meet the Candidate” forum for parents scheduled for Thursday night.
Clain — who also fielded questions from about 60 MHS students during lunchtime Tuesday — has emerged as the best bet for the job, after an extensive external search for a new principal came up short, Mamaroneck School District Superintendent Robert Shaps said in an e-mail letter.
“Following this process, I concluded it would be best to look inward and consider supporting the professional growth of a current staff member who has the requisite skills and attributes to serve as principal and understands the core elements of a successful high school,” Dr. Shaps said. “To this end, I am happy to report that we have identified Liz Clain as an internal candidate who we believe is well-suited for this challenging position.”
Clain, who has 20 years of teaching under her belt, has taught social studies at MHS for 15 years, serving as department chair for nine of them.
“Liz has a knowledge of instructional leadership that I believe will translate well into the principal position,” Dr. Shaps said. “She is highly respected by both students and faculty, with proven experience bringing innovation to a department, and has a thoughtful outlook on the future of education.”
The district’s search for a new MHS principal started last spring, when then principal Mark Orfinger announced his decision to retire. John Goetz has served as interim principal since last fall.
The “Meet the Candidate” forum with Liz Clain will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday March 10th in the Tiered Classroom at Mamaroneck High School
— Photo by Bryce Loebel