By Holly Crocco
The Brewster School Board unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Michelle Gosh to serve as superintendent of schools, during its Jan. 11 meeting, effective July 1. Serving through June 30, 2028, she replaces outgoing Superintendent Dr. Laurie Bandlow, who completes five years of service at the end of the 2023-24 school year.
Gosh is a familiar face at Brewster Central School District, having served as a social studies teacher prior to transitioning to an administrative role, first as assistant principal, then principal, then as assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment. She has served as deputy superintendent of schools since 2021.
“Dr. Gosh has a proven record of student-centered leadership with a focus on instruction, curriculum and data-driven decision making,” said Brewster School Board President Kerry Cunningham. “She’s a collaborative leader who is adept at building trust among her peers, staff and students, leading internal teams, creating community partnerships and maximizing funding streams.”
Gosh earned her doctor of education from John Hopkins University and a master’s in education from Fordham University and Western Connecticut State University, and bachelor’s degree from Marist College.
Cunningham noted in the last year alone, Gosh has overseen the introduction of the district’s two-way dual language program, spearheaded creation of an in-house pre-kindergarten program, and secured $2.5 million in P-TECH grant funding to provide students with free a associate’s degree in STEM fields from Westchester Community College, to name a few accomplishments.
“As the internal facilitator of Brewster Vision 2026, the district’s five-year roadmap for student success, Dr. Gosh is well poised to maintain our commitment to help our students become informed and engaged global citizens who are critical and creative thinkers,” said Cunningham. “This is probably one of the easiest decisions I will ever make as a member of the school board.”