MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Last month, the Mahopac Central School District Board of Education named Dr. Matthew Lawrence as principal of Mahopac High School. For the past five years, Lawrence has served as principal of the Greenwood Lake Middle School in Monroe, N.Y. in Orange County.
Lawrence was born and raised in Yorktown and graduated from Lakeland High School in 1988.
He did a stint in the Army just after high school before enrolling at Seton Hall University where he received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and special education. He attended Montclair University and received a master’s degree in educational leadership.
Lawrence began his professional career as a special education teacher at the Essex County Vocational and Technical High School in Newark, N.J. He worked there for five years.
Before landing the Mahopac principal position, he was the assistant principal at the Beacon High School in Beacon, N.Y. for three years and then spent seven years as the assistant principal at Roy C. Ketcham High School in Wappingers, N.Y.
Lawrence said he was very excited to land the Mahopac job.
“Just from living and growing up in the Hudson Valley, I’ve known Mahopac to be a premier school district in the region,” he said. “It’s always been my professional goal to be a high school principal. It’s always been what I wanted to do ever since I became an administrator. Even during my five and half years as a middle school principal, my goal was to get back to being a high school principal. I couldn’t be more thrilled that it’s Mahopac High School.”
Lawrence said growing up in Yorktown and attending Lakeland, he was well aware of the regional rivalry between the schools.
“I competed my whole high school career against Mahopac,” he said with a smile. “But after this board meeting tonight, I am an Indian. I will bleed blue and gold.”