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Christina Cotter

Principal of South Bay Elementary School


I am honored and excited to introduce myself as South Bay Elementary’s newly appointed Principal.  I am thrilled to have this opportunity to serve as your Principal and to continue the tradition of outstanding education at South Bay. 

The 2018-2019 school year will be my 15th year working as an educator.  I started my career in 2004 at Public School 171 in Queens, New York as a 2nd Grade teacher.  There I realized my passion for working with elementary students.  After eight years of teaching, I moved into the roles of Literacy Coordinator and Academic Director.  For the last three years I served as Principal of Empower school in Brooklyn, New York.  I am ready and excited to bring my skills and experiences to the role of Principal of South Bay.

In my time outside of school, I love to be outside with my wonderful husband Andres and my amazing daughter Grace, 1.  I enjoy reading, cooking, and running in my free time.

From everything that I have learned thus far, it is clear that the South Bay community is a uniquely special place.  Staff and teachers work collaboratively and cohesively to meet the needs of all children.  Parents and families partner with school staff to best support children in and out of the classroom.  I look forward to working alongside teachers, staff and families to continue this important work in service of all of our South Bay students.  I look forward to a positive and productive 2018-2019 school year!  


Christina Cotter 
South Bay Elementary School