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New Director of Music Appointed

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shley Ockner was approved as the district’s new director of music at the May 29 Three Village Central School District Board of Education meeting. The appointment is due to the upcoming retirement of Anthony Pollera and is effective July 1.

Ms. Ockner has been a member of the Three Village Central School District since 2015. She started at W.S. Mount Elementary School and currently teaches at R.C. Murphy Junior High School. Throughout her time in Three Village, Ms. Ockner has stepped into several leadership roles within the fine arts. She coordinated the district’s NYSSMA Satellite Festival for two years and managed the host site for the Suffolk County Music Educators Association Festival Concerts, ensuring a smooth event and collaborating between district staff and SCMEA leadership. Additionally, Ms. Ockner organized the R.C. Murphy Junior High School music department trips to Music in the Parks over the last several years.

Most recently, Ms. Ockner has served as an administration intern within the district. In this role, she designed a comprehensive K-12 music restructuring plan to improve educational services to student-musicians. She also spearheaded the proposal for the district’s third grade band program.

Before her time in Three Village, Ms. Ockner was a music teacher in the Longwood Central School District and for the Paul Effman Music Service. She holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, as well as a master’s degree and certificate in educational leadership from Stony Brook University.

I am honored and proud to be stepping into the role of director of music in Three Village,” Ms. Ockner said. “As both an alumnus and an educator in this district, I am thrilled to be able to continue fostering the same passion for music that inspired me as a student and has motivated me as an educator. I look forward to serving our music teachers, district, community, and most importantly, our young musicians in this capacity.

Date Added: 6/7/2024