A new princi-‘pal’ named for Lawrence Elementary School


There is a new princi-“pal” in Lawrence Elementary School. Jacqueline Beckmann was appointed by the Board of Education at its July 12 meeting to succeed Rina Beach as the educational leader of the school at the district’s Broadway Campus in Lawrence.

Beckmann served as assistant principal of the elementary school for the past six years. In that time, she has developed an incentive-based attendance program, created a building emergency response plan and designed a school bus behavior plan to help ensure student safety.

Beckmann partnered with Lee Araoz, the district’s coordinator of instructional technology, to develop and lead a workshop to help teachers during the implementation of Google Suite for education.

“Jacqueline Beckmann is an active participant in making Lawrence Elementary School the best it can be for our students,” Lawrence Superintendent Ann Pedersen stated in a news release. “As someone already loved by the district we are confident that she is the best candidate for this position.”

Beckmann earned her bachelor of science degree in education at St. John’s University and a master’s, also in education, from Long Island University. She also holds an advanced certificate in educational leadership from Stony Brook University. Before working in Lawrence, Beckmann worked in the New York City Department of Education for nine years, teaching first and fourth grade.

Additional certifications include G-Suite for education level 1 and a state certified school district leader, building leader and for childhood education for grades one through six.

Beach worked in Lawrence for 20 years, eight as the elementary school principal. She also worked as middle school assistant principal, the middle school’s English Language Art chairwoman and the district’s curriculum director for ELA, social studies and reading for grades six through 12.