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LCSD Announces Administrative Appointments for the 2023-2024 School Year

LCSD Announces Administrative Appointments for the 2023-2024 School Year

The Longwood Central School District is pleased to announce the following administrative appointments for the 2023-2024 school year. Please join us in congratulating our administrators who are taking on new roles, and welcoming new administrators, to our Longwood family.

Jennifer McCarthy
Assistant to the Superintendent for Administration

Mrs. McCarthy, Executive Director of Special Education, has been appointed to the position of Assistant to the Superintendent for Administration, replacing Lisa Mato, who recently retired.

 Mrs. McCarthy began her tenure at Longwood in 1994, where she taught special education and was a mentor and coach. In 2007, Mrs. McCarthy was hired as coordinator of special education, became the director of secondary special education,  and, most recently, served as the executive director of special education. In her role, she led the Committees of Special Education and Preschool Special Education, supervised special education staff, implemented student programs and opportunities to increase social skills and appropriate peer interactions, supervised the Longwood Career Center, which provides career and vocational education for students, and oversaw parent training and after school programs, including Athletics for All and the Best Buddies program. 

Ozlem Neylan Artukmac
Executive Director of Special Education

Ms. Artukmac has been appointed as the Executive Director of Special Education, replacing Jennifer McCarthy. 

Ms. Artukmac joins Longwood from Oysterponds School District and Greenpoint School District, where she served as the director and assistant director of special education, respectively. In her role, she performed observations, led community-building activities,  and was a collaborative member of numerous district-level committees.

Ms. Artukmac earned her Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from New York University, a Master's degree in Middle Childhood/Math Education from Long Island University, and her Master's in Educational Leadership from Stony Brook University. 

Mrs. McCarthy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Special Education from St. Joseph's College, her Master of Arts in Reading from Dowling College, and her Administration and Supervision from Dowling College.

Yvette Mercado-Tilley, Ed.D.
Director for ENL and LOTE

Dr. Tilley replaces Dr. Tracy Poulton, who retired this past June, as the Director of Curriculum for ENL and LOTE.

In 2006, Dr. Tilley was hired as the assistant principal at Ridge Elementary School. In 2012, she took on the role of assistant principal at Charles E. Walters, and in 2014 was appointed principal. In her role, Dr. Tilley designed a new teacher development initiative and facilitated the implementation of the PBIS Framework. Dr. Tilley was named principal of Longwood Middle School in 2019, where she initiated a School Comprehensive Education Plan to encourage academic growth, improve student support systems through Restorative Practices and Circles, and collaborated with staff to align the ELA and math curriculum.  

Dr. Tilley earned a Bachelor of Arts in Black and Puerto Rican Studies from Hunter College, a Master of Science in Elementary Education, a Professional Diploma in Educational Administration from Mercy College, and her Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership from St. John's University. 

Daniel J. McKeon
Principal, Longwood Middle School

Mr. McKeon, who replaces Dr. Tilley,  joins the Longwood School community with more than 20 years of academic experience and educational leadership. 

 After serving as an assistant principal at Northport High School for six years, Mr. McKeon was appointed principal of West Babylon Junior High School in 2016, where he led parent workshops and universities, enhanced safety and security of the building, initiated the Essential Elements: Schools to Watch program, and initiated educational technology programs and classroom management. Most recently, Mr. McKeon worked for SUNY Empire for Graduate Studies program, where he supported students for clinical placement, developed classroom setting goals, and facilitated student engagement.

He earned a Bachelor's in Political Science from SUNY Albany, a Master's of Science in Education from Hofstra University, and a Post-Master's Advanced Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership.


"We are excited to welcome each of these outstanding leaders to their new roles within the Longwood family," said Superintendent Dr. Lohman. "They each bring a strong set of unique educational experiences to our team that will surely support us in our mission to reach  "Every One Every Day!"