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New Principal Takes Helm at JHS

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West Babylon School District has named Jessica Yawney-Kohler as the new principal of the Junior High School, effective July 1. For the past four years, Ms. Yawney-Kohler served as the school’s assistant principal and will replace Daniel McKeon, who has taken a position in another school district.

“I recognize just how special this building, its staff and its students are, which is why I am so honored to have been selected as the new principal,” she said. “For the past four years, I have had the privilege to call myself a West Babylon eagle, but being a part of this community during this time of crisis in which we have all worked to take care of one another, in one form or another, has deepened my commitment to you, and I couldn’t be any prouder to have been chosen to lead this outstanding team.”

Ms. Yawney-Kohler holds a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from Marywood College and a master’s degree from Columbia University. She also holds a certification in school building leadership and school district leadership from the College of St. Rose.

Prior to joining the West Babylon administrative team, Ms. Yawney-Kohler worked as a school counselor, a college and career counselor and an administrative intern in the Deer Park School District.