• August 2019


    Dear Shelter Island Parents and Guardians: 

    It is with great excitement that I welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year.  On a personal level, my journey back to Shelter Island has been one of the greatest joys of my life.  I witnessed what the definition of a community was while working here as a teacher.  There is the saying that it takes a village to raise a child – this is not a saying here on Shelter Island – this is the reality.  I want to continue to be a partner, along with the amazing staff of our school, with you in raising your children to be the best people that they can be. 

    We are certainly going to focus on academics this year.  I plan to work with our outstanding teachers to provide them with the resources to make sure that they can continue to give your children a top-notch education.  We also plan to teach your children as whole children – teaching them physical, emotional, academic, and social skills.  We want to provide your children with every opportunity possible to feel as connected to our school as possible, while also feeling great about themselves. 

    I can assure you that Mike Dunning and his staff worked tirelessly to get this building in shape for your children.  The summer staff here also worked tremendously hard preparing the building for the students and teachers.  I hope you had the pleasure to meet Dr. Allan Gerstenlauer – he was the interim superintendent for the month of July.  He was instrumental in the smooth transition and opening of our school. Thank you to all who worked during the summer to prepare our school to be an optimal learning center.

    Please welcome the new staff that was hired over the summer: 

    Catherine Brigham -- Art Teacher

    Lauren Farkas – Music Teacher

    Maggie Manarel – Literacy Teacher

    Timothy McElroy – Teacher Assistant

    Claire Read – 4th Grade Teacher

    Danielle Spears – Psychologist

    Shelter Island School is a wonderful place.  It is here that I learned to become a teacher.  I realize how special and unique it is – and I promise to work hard each day to make sure your children want to come here to have fun, feel good about themselves, and learn.  My door is always open and I look forward to meeting or reacquainting myself with you.  Should you ever have any question or concern, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

    Sincerely yours, 
    Brian Doelger, Ed.D.


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