By Lena Gluck
The Oyster Bay-East Norwich community welcomes Ms. Lasher, the new principal of OBHS. Ms. Lasher took over for her predecessor, Dr. Dennis O’Hara, and although she has big shoes to fill, she looks forward to stepping into her new role. I recently sat down with Ms. Lasher to learn more about her and what she hopes to bring to our school.
Ms. Lasher, who grew up in Bethpage and currently resides in Kings Park, went to Hofstra University for her undergraduate degree and Dowling College for graduate school. She then went on to complete her post-graduate studies at Long Island University.
Prior to coming to Oyster Bay, Ms. Lasher was an assistant principal at Plainview Old Bethpage. In addition, she has experience within the classroom; before becoming an administrator, she taught business for 14 years. Ms. Lasher initially decided to start teaching because she loved working on a career panel with kids, so teaching felt like a natural career path for her.
When asked how her teaching experience will help her as a principal here, Ms. Lasher explained that knowing kids and what they need to succeed will allow her to do her job well. She also revealed her reason for wanting to become an administrator. “I loved teaching. I loved doing great things for kids in the classroom, so I wanted to continue doing great things for them outside of the classroom as well.”
Ms. Lasher’s desire to do the best she can for her students is something she carries into her new role here at OBHS. She revealed that one of the proudest moments of her career thus far involved a large number of former students from her previous school reaching out to her for advice. Additionally, one of her greatest accomplishments was having worked with a struggling student, helping that student to achieve success. These are experiences that motivate Ms. Lasher as she begins her journey as principal.
When discussing some of her greatest strengths, our principal explained that she is organized, compassionate, and reflective, all admirable qualities to have when fulfilling a role in administration.
Ms. Lasher decided to take a position in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District because she was ready for new challenges and opportunities in a great community. She revealed what she hopes to accomplish at OBHS when she stated, “I hope that every student can achieve success here.”
In addition to her role as principal, Ms. Lasher is also a mother to two grown children, both of whom work in the education field as well. When she has time off from work, she enjoys traveling to new places. Her favorite destinations include Europe, Aruba, and Montauk.
Our community is lucky to have Ms. Lasher as the new principal of OBHS, and we wish her well as she begins her journey here in Oyster Bay!