PQ Assistant Principal to depart for Principal job at Pound Ridge Elementary


Dr. Stephanie Bell (image via Wooster School)

Dr. Stephanie Bell, Assistant Principal of Pequenakonck (PQ) Elementary, has announced that she will leave the school at the end of the academic year for a position as principal at Pound Ridge Elementary School, part of the Bedford Central School District. Bell has been PQ’s Assistant Principal since 2017.

Dr. Joel Adelberg, Superintendent of Schools for Bedford, said in a Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, May 19, “I am recommending that Dr. Stephanie Bell be appointed as the Principal of Pound Ridge Elementary School as a probationary employee effective July 1, 2021.”

“I came to North Salem with a deep passion and commitment to the mission,” said Bell. “I continue to believe in our mission and the good work we do each day for our students. I have loved my time here and am grateful for all I learned and experienced here. It has been rewarding as an educator and leader to work at PQ. I will miss the children, families and my colleagues in North Salem beyond measure.”

Mary Johnson, Principal of PQ, said in a note to families, “we have been so lucky to have [Bell] as part of the PQ family and the North Salem Central School District as a whole these last four years. We thank her for her commitment to the children of North Salem and wish her the very best on her new journey.”

For those in the PQ community, it will be unusual to see Johnson walking the halls without Bell by her side. The two are a tight knit pair and have made nearly every decision about the school together over the past four years. “Mary and I work incredibly collaboratively. We are joined at the hip and have been like this from day one,” said Bell.

Asst. Principal Dr. Stephanie Bell and Principal Mary Johnson (Image via NSCSD)

Bell said that taking the position at Pound Ridge Elementary felt a bit like coming home, as she is a graduate of Bedford’s Fox Lane High School. She will have the added familiarity of joining a school similar to PQ in terms of its small size and sense of community.

“Of course I’m excited to take this next step but there’s a lot of sadness in that, too,” said Bell. “This is probably one of the hardest places I’ve ever had to leave.”

Bell’s last day in North Salem will be June 30.

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