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Experienced Educator is Fairfield’s New Assistant Principal
After 15 years in the classroom, Megan Pavlick is joining the administrative team in the Massapequa School District as the new assistant principal of Fairfield Elementary School. She is excited for the opportunity to work alongside Principal Dr. Kristi Gerhard to support teachers and Fairfield’s young scholars.
Ms. Pavlick began her educational career as a fourth grade teacher at St. Agnes School in the Rockville Centre. In 13 years in Massapequa, she has taught second grade at East Lake Elementary School, second and fifth grade at Unqua Elementary School, and special education classes at Birch Lane, Fairfield and Unqua. When the sixth grade moved to Berner Middle School in 2017, so did she, teaching special education English and social studies for the past four years.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education from Providence College, a master’s degree in childhood education from Molloy College, a gifted and talented certification extension from Hofstra University and a school building leadership certification from Molloy. Ms. Pavlick has also taught graduate and undergraduate education classes at Molloy as an adjunct professor.
In 2017, she was the Massapequa School District’s Teacher Service Award recipient from SCOPE Education Services, and the following year she received the Educator of Excellence Award from Molloy’s Division of Education and Office of Alumni Relations. Ms. Pavlick is a contributing author to the book, “Growing a Growth Mindset,” writing a chapter about promoting student grit and hope within a classroom. She has also attended educational workshops for the Project Zero Classroom initiative at Harvard University, and implemented many of those strategies as a teacher.
Ms. Pavlick said it is a great opportunity to return to Fairfield, where the success and happiness of students is paramount. She noted the school’s tradition of excellence, its dedicated teaching staff and the strong connections between the school and its families.
“I love the Fairfield community, and the positive climate and culture of this building,” she said. “I was here as a teacher, so it’s great to come back as an administrator.”