Alison J. Clark
Stratford Road Elementary School
Plainview Old-Bethpage Central School District
Plainview, New York
For 15 years, Dr. Alison Clark has been instituting progress and creating impactful change as principal of Stratford Road Elementary School. Clark has transformed the once traditional and didactic school into a center for vibrant exchange and engagement. Formerly on watch from the New York State Education Department for performance gaps, under Clark’s leadership, the school is now studied at local universities as a model of sound instruction and holistic student-teacher relationships. Her passion, patience, and dedication are an inspiration to parents, staff, and students alike. In addition to being a socially and emotionally competent leader, Clark’s scholarly approach to pedagogy has aided the development of strong Response to Intervention and multi-tiered systems of support. As a result, school staff are able to closely monitor and assess student achievement. Her expertise has made her a force in both the global education conversation and within her district. A forever learner, Clark brings her collegiate-level students at SUNY Old Westbury out of the classroom and into the field by providing students with internships at Stratford Road Elementary. Clark also works on doctoral student dissertations at Concordia University. She is a published author with numerous articles in educational journals. Clark received her Ph.D. from Concordia University Chicago and holds a Professional Diploma from Long Island University and M.S. and B.A. degrees from CUNY Queens College.