Dr. Michael Weschler Appointed Assistant Principal
It’s not every school administrator who has a doctorate in psychology as well as a degree from culinary school—with expertise in equipping young people with the skills to develop cognitively, social and emotionally and the ability to make Thai curry for a crowd.
“Bringing people together in a meaningful way has been a theme throughout my life,” said Dr. Michael Weschler. The school psychologist was appointed Assistant Principal of Increase Miller Elementary School (IMES) at Katonah-Lewisboro School District’s April 30 Board of Education meeting.
Dr. Weschler succeeds Andrew Galotti, who served in the field of education for more than 30 years. His appointment will become in effect on July 1, 2020.
Dr. Michael Weschler has counseled students and co-led social emotional learning at IMES for fourteen years. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, the College of New Rochelle and Alfred University and is completing his administrative certification from Stony Brook University this spring.
“I am confident that Michael will continue to demonstrate his deep commitment to supporting and nurturing all students and his thoughtful approach will further enhance the culture and experiences of students at IMES,” said Kerry Ford, principal of IMES.
Dr. Weschler describes his recipe for student success as a blend of a behavioral and humanistic approaches. “I help students achieve their goals by challenging those barriers in their thinking that can perpetuate unproductive thinking, feelings and actions,” said Dr. Weschler. “I also strive to create genuine relationships with students and let them know that I support and care about them.”
During this time of distance learning, Dr. Weschler is finding new ways to connect with students. He’s using video conferencing and holding “office hours” to help families find work/wellness balance in this time of transition.
“Now, more than ever, I recognize the importance of the home-school connection,” Dr. Weschler commented. The statement has a sweet side for him personally, as his shares a home-school connection with his wife Patricia, a dedicated elementary school teacher of almost 20 years. Together they have a three-year-old daughter and a four-month-old son.
“I’m excited and humbled to have this opportunity to work with students and staff in this new way,” said Dr. Weschler. “There are many challenges ahead in terms of coming back together safely. I’m looking forward to being part of that process.”