YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Lisa O’Shea has been appointed assistant superintendent for curriculum and Instruction for the Yorktown Central School District.

The Board of Education tabbed O’Shea for the position at its May 23 meeting. She will take over the position, previously held for 10 years by Dr. Florence O’Connor, on July 1. O’Connor announced her retirement in May.

The job search drew 84 candidates. A screening committee of teachers, administrators and a parent/community member helped to narrow the search before interviews were held for the top 12 candidates.

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Eventually, the school district decided to hire from within; O’Shea is currently the director of pupil personnel service. She joined the school district in 2008 as principal at Crompond Intermediate School. She moved to her current position two years later.

 “While we will certainly miss Dr. O’Connor and we wish her well as she enters a new chapter in her life, we are very pleased that a perfect candidate to replace her is within our district,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ralph Napolitano. “Lisa is a dedicated, knowledgeable and committed educator who believes in making a difference in the lives of all of our children. She is highly regarded by everyone in the Yorktown School District and will continue making a positive contribution to the faculty, staff and students in her new role.”

Before coming to Yorktown, O’Shea was principal at Mount Pleasant Blythedale in Valhalla, a K-12 school that serves a hospital population, for six years. Before that, she was a special education teacher.

O’Shea is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Manhattanville College. She holds a professional diploma in educational leadership from Fordham University, a Master’s of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education, also from Fordham.