William O. Schaefer Elementary School

On April 26, the South Orangetown Central School District Board of Education approved the appointment of Ms.Sheila Beglin as Principal of William O. Schaefer Elementary School, effective July 1, 2018. Mrs. Nora Polansky is retiring as of June 30, after serving as the school’s principal for the past 12 years.

Ms. Beglin began her SOCSD career in January 2003 as a kindergarten teacher at William O. Schaefer Elementary School, where she taught kindergarten and first grade for nearly eight years, before becoming an instructional literacy coach. In 2011, she was hired as the assistant principal at Tappan Zee Elementary School and has subsequently served in this role at Cottage Lane Elementary School and, currently, at William O. Schaefer Elementary School.

“I truly love early childhood education and am delighted to be working with our district’s youngest students. Being part of their first experience with school is very rewarding and truly an honor,” says Ms. Beglin. “Watching a young child learn something for the first time is one of the most exciting things to experience and I’m very fortunate to be part of this each day. I look forward to continuing to work with the outstanding WOS staff and parent community toward our shared goal of supporting our children.”

A St. Thomas Aquinas College alumna, Ms. Beglin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Special Education, Master of Science degrees in Literacy and Educational Leadership, and New York State certifications for School Building Leader, Elementary Education and Literacy.

“Ms. Beglin has been an advocate for our students for many years,” says Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Pritchard. “She is talented and passionate and inspires us all to be the same on behalf of our children and their families.”
Headshot of incoming WOS principal Ms. Sheila Beglin

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