YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Soundview Preparatory School in Yorktown has hired Dr. Ken Cotrone at its new executive director.

Cotrone, a Somers resident, will work alongside school founder and current head of school, W. Glyn Hearn, to eventually take over for him as Hearn eyes retirement.

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Cotrone join us during this important time in Soundview’s future,” Hearn said. “I look forward to working with him to build upon Soundview’s mission to instill self-esteem and self-confidence while providing the academic foundation that allows students to pursue their individual goals.”

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Before coming to Soundview, Cotrone served as assistant principal at Byram Hills High School in Armonk for six years. Prior to that, he was the English department chair of the Glen Cove Public School District, and an English teacher at public and Catholic middle and high schools in Eastchester and the Bronx.  He received his doctorate in educational leadership from Manhattanville College, and holds an master's degree in teaching from Manhattanville College and a bachelor's degree in literature and rhetoric from Binghamton University.

Cotrone will draw on his doctoral research on the relationship between academic stress and school culture, as he develops a series of educational speakers hosted by the school to help Soundview parents, and the community at large, address the challenges and needs of today’s students. Planned topics may include coping with academic stress and competition, maintaining emotional wellness, managing technology and student attention as well as finding the right college.

Soundview Preparatory School is an independent coed day school situated on a 13-acre campus in Yorktown Heights, with rolling admission for grades six to 12. There is a four-to-one student-faculty ratio at the school.