A former Massapequa and Oyster Bay principal was appointed to fill the interim position at Landing Elementary School vacated by Michael Israel, announced the Glen Cove City School District Friday.
“I am happy to be a part of such a close-knit school community here in Glen Cove,” Martin Malone said in a statement. “I look forward to getting to know all of our students and their parents and serving as a positive influence to them and the entire Landing staff during my time here.”
The position opened in July when by the Board of Education as assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and technology.
Malone began his career as a Spanish teacher at Copiague High School and was a dean of students in East Rockaway. He also served as a vice principal and principal in the Massapequa School District and then as principal of the James Vernon Elementary School in Oyster Bay, where he worked for 17 years, before retiring in 2007.
Following his retirement, he moved to England with his wife for one year while she taught in a Fullbright teacher exchange program.
Malone returned to the field after returning to the U.S., serving as an interim principal in the Lawrence, Garden City and Three Village school districts, last filling the position at Setauket Elementary School.
Three Village School District superintendent Neil Lederer praised Malone's ability as an administrator.
“Mr. Malone relates well to his staff, has had a positive effect on students and is conscientious and dedicated to his responsibilities," Lederer said in a statement. “He is most responsive to parental concerns, is collegial with faculty and his evaluative skills are superior.”
Glen Cove's superintendent, Joseph Laria, said the district is fortunate to have someone with such experience filling the position at Landing for the time being.
"Mr. Malone has stepped right in, not missed a beat, and will smoothly carry us through the leadership transition at Landing,” Laria said.