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Christina Cotter

Principal of South Bay Elementary School


I am honored to serve the West Babylon community as South Bay Elementary School’s Principal.  I am thrilled to work with the students and families at South Bay to continue the tradition of outstanding West Babylon education.  

The 2019-2020 school year will be my 16th year working as an educator.  I started my career in 2004 at Public School 171 in Queens, New York as a 2nd Grade teacher.  It was there that I realized my passion for working with elementary-age students, our youngest and most curious learners!  After eight years of teaching, I moved into the roles of Literacy Coordinator and Academic Director.  Before coming to South Bay in 2018, I spent three years working as a Principal in a K-8 school in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.  

In my time outside of school, I love to be outside with my wonderful husband Andres and my amazing daughter Grace, 2.  I enjoy reading, cooking, and running in my free time.  This year, my family will be welcoming a second daughter – due in July, 2019!  

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 2019-2020 school year!  


Christina Cotter 
South Bay Elementary School