By Matthew Tepper
This year, Mr. Kevin McCarthy will be retiring after teaching for 37 years, 28 of which he served in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich CSD. While at Oyster Bay, Mr. McCarthy has served as District Intervention Coach. During his tenure, he has made a positive impact on students in self-contained and inclusion classroom settings at Roosevelt, Vernon and OBHS.
Mr. McCarthy pursued a degree in education at Geneseo State University, where he obtained a BS in Elementary and Special Education. He received his MS in Reading Education from Dowling College.
When asked why he chose to become a special education teacher, McCarthy stated, “When I was younger, I worked at a
camp for handicapped children, and I enjoyed the experience. It prepared me for being a special education teacher. I’m glad I went in this direction, and it’s been a very fulfilling experience for me.”
As District Intervention Coach, Mr. McCarthy has been responsible for evaluating young students with disabilities; in addition, he is a part of the intervention teams at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. He is also in charge of the assistive technology for the Special Education Department, which helps students improve their reading and writing skills.
When asked about his memorable experiences at Oyster Bay, Mr. McCarthy shared that he “has been blessed to have a lot of cool experiences with kids and families...including growth and happiness.”
After he retires, Mr. McCarthy plans to continue his passion for education in the future, and he mentioned he is also interested in oyster farming.
Mr. McCarthy has made a lasting impact through his dedication, professionalism, and passion for guiding students. Although Oyster Bay will not be the same without him, we wish him all the best in his retirement.