NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - After starting his career at Columbus Elementary School nearly two decades ago, New Rochelle educator Michael Galland is returning to his roots as the school’s latest principal.
This week, Galland welcomed nearly 1,000 students back to Columbus after being named to the helm one of New Rochelle’s largest elementary schools in June.
Galland has been with the New Rochelle School District for 19 years, when he started as a third grade teacher at Columbus before serving as an assistant principal for a decade. He then led the math and technology departments at Isaac E. Young Middle School from 2003 to 2011 before he transitioned to principal at George M. Davis Jr. Elementary.
“It’s a new day, and a new change. It’s kind of a homecoming,” the new principal said. “I feel great responsibility to help the school refocus on the instructional goals we have set, of readers and writers workshop and a balanced approach to math learning.”
According to district officials, Galland is credited with leading the Davis Elementary School staff in adopting “new and innovative reading and writing workshop curricula.” Interviews with a dozen candidates seeking to replace him as principal at Davis Elementary will begin next month.
“Mr. Galland is an exceptional leader in our schools,” Osborne said when announcing the appointment. “His proven track record of success makes him ideally suited for this position at this time. Every Columbus student, teacher and family will benefit from his leadership.”
The energy and excitement of the first day of school extended from the new administration, to the students and faculty.
“He started here, and he’s meant to be here,” ELA teacher Anne Marie Virtudes said. “We are excited, he brings great energy to the school.”