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Elizabeth Clain


Elizabeth Clain brings over 30 years of experience as both a teacher and administrator.  Elizabeth taught Social Studies, served as Department Chairperson, and most recently was principal for eleven years of a high performing New York Suburban high school. 

Throughout her career, Clain has built a strong administrative team that was notable for leading with humanity and through collaboration with faculty. Her leadership was focused on ensuring that all students had access to a wide range of educational programs and that systemic and cultural racism were addressed. Under Elizabeth’s leadership barriers for Advanced Placement classes were removed and the number of students enrolled in A.P. classes doubled, while scores remained impressively high. Elizabeth had success in developing cross-curriculum initiatives that provided students with authentic learning opportunities - her team created a vibrant professional culinary program, a 9th-12th grade civics program and a Collaborative Design curriculum that brought computer science, art and engineering students together.  

Clain is passionate about mentoring and coaching teachers and administrators. She has implemented a rigorous supervision model at the high school that provided teachers with a continued feedback and support loop with many of the teachers she mentored excelling in leadership roles in and outside of her district. Currently, Elizabeth is coaching administrators across three districts.  

Elizabeth has presented at the National Conference for Teachers of English on leading adaptive change for the benefit of adolescent readers and she was the featured educator at the annual Facing History and Ourselves fundraiser.  

Elizabeth earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Child Study from Tufts University, her Masters from Teachers College, Columbia University and her Administrative degree from Hunter College. Elizabeth is an accredited Growth Coaching International coach. In addition, Clain currently serves on the Board of the Westchester’s Children’s Choir.

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