Woodhull School Assistant Principal Jarrett Stein and Main Street Nursery owners Bob and Rich McKean will be honored at the Huntington Foundation for Excellence in Education’s annual gala at OHEKA Castle next March 15.
Mr. Stein has been a longtime district administrator, working at Huntington High School, Woodhull and in the district office. The McKean brothers are community mainstays and easily recognizable figures. Dozens of students typically turnout at the Main Street Nursery for pre-prom photos and festivities each June.
The Huntington Foundation’s annual Reach for the Stars gala is the main fundraising vehicle for the group, which in the most recent school year donated $80,000 to the Huntington School District through its two grant programs.
Mr. Stein has been assistant principal of Woodhull Intermediate School since July 2011. He was the district’s director of school safety and alternative educational programs during the 2010/11 school year and was acting principal of Woodhull in 2009/10. The longtime educator earlier served as an assistant principal of Huntington High School for nine years.
Mr. Stein earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University and obtained a Master of Science degree in school psychology at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus in 1996. He studied for his state administrative certification at Dowling College.
Prior to coming to the district, Mr. Stein worked as an administrative assistant in the Hicksville school district, as a school psychologist in the BOCES system and in the Massapequa and Sachem school districts and as a teacher assistant in Massapequa, Commack, Half Hollow Hills. He was also employed by BOCES as a group leader and director of several summer camps. He served as the Amagansett school district’s director of student support services.
A contributor to the book, The Circle of Character and Conduct, Mr. Stein won the New Jersey Pitcher of the Year Award and earned a New Jersey Metropolitan Athletic Award. He completed his school psychologist practicum in Massapequa.
The McKean brothers have been helped to beautify the Huntington community for more than 30 years. Bob earned an undergraduate degree in business management at C.W. Post College. Rich earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University. Their business handles all aspects of landscape design and maintenance.
HFEE’s Reach for the Stars dinner is still many months off, but the organization is already at work planning an event that is expected to attract more than 300 supporters of public education.