Meet New Blue Mountain Middle School Principal Lauren Scollins
Lauren Scollins knows that when she takes the helm as Blue Mountain Middle School’s new principal, it will be a comfortable fit.
“I will be moving from one great school community to another,” said Scollins, currently the assistant principal at Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School in the Croton-Harmon School District.
Scollins will officially join the district on July 1, which will allow plenty of time for a smooth transition, as current BMMS principal John Owens will retire in August. She intends to spend time in May and June getting to know Hen Hud students, staff and parents.
A science and math teacher at PVC for more than ten years, Scollins served as the district’s science curriculum coordinator for more than five years before stepping into the role of assistant principal. Having coached Croton’s modified field hockey team for many years, she often crossed paths with Hendrick Hudson athletes and coaches. ““It feels so natural for me to join this wonderful, neighboring community with which I am so familiar,” she said. She noted that her husband Sean worked in operations at Indian Point for more than a decade, further deepening the connections she feels with the Hendrick Hudson community.
From her earliest years, education seemed to be in the cards for the Croton native. “As the oldest of five children, I frequently played the role of teacher and ‘second mom.’” Helping to guide her younger siblings through their middle school years sparked an interest in working with that particular age group.
“Middle school students are figuring out who they are. They are testing out their muscles and finding their passions. The middle school years are both challenging and rewarding, and they are never, ever dull.”
Scollins said that she looks forward to “providing BMMS students with connections to the real world, engaging them in real-life learning and creating opportunities for them to make a difference, not only in the classroom, but also in the community.” She plans to nurture collaboration across grade levels, especially in light of the district’s fourth and fifth graders being right next door at Furnace Woods starting next year.
While Scollins spent years teaching math and describes herself as someone who is data-driven, she surprisingly confessed that she disliked math as a child. Once she began teaching it, however, she “learned the power of numbers.” She hopes to bring that spark of excitement for learning to BMMS students.
A believer in lifelong learning, Scollins is currently working toward her doctorate in educational leadership, administration and policy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her new German Shepherd puppy Träger, running and sailing. Growing up near the Hudson River, she loved spending time on the water, as did her husband, who grew up in a nearby river town. The two can often be found hosting family and friends on their sailboat, where they love introducing others to the joy of sailing.
“I have always been a sailor,” she said. “And now I’m ready to become a Sailor!”