New Duzine principal aims to build ‘a culture of joy and a love of learning’

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NEW PALTZ  – Duzine Elementary School, one of the two elementary schools in the New Paltz Central School District (NPCSD), has a new principal.  Ross Hogan. A New Paltz resident, brings with him experience working as both a teacher and an assistant principal.


“One of the big things I am looking forward to is continuing the reputation NPCSD has in terms of academic excellence,” he said. “Parents are excited to enroll their kids in a school like Duzine. As a new principal, I want to meet the school community, parents, community members, and get to know our students and staff.”

Hogan, 33, taught Social Studies in the Bronx for six years as a member of Teach for America. He then became a founding member of Metropolitan Soundview High School, also in the Bronx, where he rose to the position of assistant principal. He left Metropolitan Soundview several years later to take the same position at Temple Hill Academy in New Windsor.

Hogan’s background suits him well for his new role at Duzine.

“When I started at Temple Hill, which is a Kindergarten through Grade 8 school, I worked as an administrator with Kindergarten through Grade 2. I love that grade span because you get to see the maturation and development of the students,” Hogan said. “This is about building a culture of joy and a love of learning.”

The public is invited to meet Principal Hogan in person on Monday, Aug. 19, at 5:30 PM at Duzine Elementary School.