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Ms. Lucia Orduz, Brookside Principal 


Dear Brookside Families,

Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year! My name is Lucia Orduz, and I am the new principal of Brookside School.  I am delighted to join this outstanding school community!  Although I am new to the Ossining district, this year marks my 18th year in education. Prior to serving as an elementary school principal for nine years in the NYC Department of Education, I served as a staff developer for lower grades.  Prior to that, I started my career in education as a bilingual teacher of Grades 1 and 2 in the Bronx.  Now fittingly, I have the privilege of leading a school filled with amazing First and Second Graders!  I am excited to build on my past experience with this new opportunity for learning at Brookside.  

At the core of my work in education is a belief that a school is a place where both students and staff can reach their fullest potential with the right learning conditions - an environment that is safe and supportive,  where trust abounds, and where we are pushed to take risks and grow so we can be our very best.  

Rest assured that along with our Assistant Principal Dr. Velez and all of our Brookside faculty, we will work to provide the type of climate where your child’s social-emotional wellbeing is prioritized so that they can develop the strong academic and critical thinking skills that will serve as the foundation for their future success.  In order to do this, we will get to know your child as an individual, discerning interests and learning style, so we can create personalized learning conditions that result in maximized growth and learning, both academically and socially.  

This school year, we will continue our intentional work to provide students with meaningful, relevant learning experiences through a responsive curriculum so that children build a passion for learning, develop confidence in themselves, learn to exercise critical and strategic thinking, and actively take charge of their own learning.  

We will also rely on you - the parents - to support our work from the home.  Communication between the school and home will help to ensure that we are successful.  Don’t forget to sign up for Oblasts where we will share weekly info and to follow me on twitter as we celebrate our children and faculty’s work @LuciaOrduz13  I am also accessible virtually to parents on the first Monday of each month at News with Orduz, 6 - 7 pm.   

So join the excitement as Brookside builds an amazing school year!


Lucīa Orduz

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