New social studies coordinator appointed in Manhasset district

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Margaret Ronai has been named the new coordinator of social studies for the Manhasset school district. (Photo courtesy of the Manhasset Public Schools)

The Manhasset Union Free School District has announced the appointment of a new district coordinator for social studies.

Prior to joining the Manhasset district, Margaret Ronai had served as the director for social studies and business in the Connetquot Central School District for four years.

Throughout her time at Connetquot, Ronai redesigned the elementary and secondary curriculum to align with the New York State Social Studies Framework and the AP College Board, spearheaded a Financial Literacy program in the elementary and middle schools, and the district’s high school saw a significant increase in Advanced Placement course enrollment due to an increase in the number of AP Social Studies courses available to students.

Before joining the Connetquot district, Ronai spent 10 years as principal of Lynbrook South Middle School. Under her leadership in 2007, the school won the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award for its work on assessment and curriculum alignment, and the Village of Lynbrook also honored her work with the area’s Character Education Committee for the school’s character education programs.

Ronai began her administrative career in the West Orange school district in New Jersey, also serving as coordinator for social studies. During this time, she received recognition from the New Jersey State Education for Best Practices for Interdisciplinary Programs for both the World Studies and American Studies curricula that she developed. She also served three years as the vice principal of Long Beach Middle School.

“I am extremely excited to be joining this outstanding school district with its commitment to learning and academic achievement,” Ronai said in a statement. “I look forward to building new relationships with the entire Manhasset community.”

Ronai will succeed Mara Steindam in the role. A start date has not been announced.

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