Dr. McDonald Receives Prestigious Award
The district is pleased to announce that Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tonie McDonald received the Distinguished Service Award from the Hofstra George M. Estabrook Alumni Association for her professional accomplishments in and contributions to education. The award was conferred upon Dr. McDonald during the 55th annual Distinguished Service Award Luncheon at Hofstra University on Nov. 15.
A lifelong Levittown resident, Dr. McDonald began her career in education in 1995 as a teacher in the Levittown School District, where she advised the student council and Model Congress and served on the PTSA and Levittown Council of PTAs. Dr. McDonald was promoted to social studies chair (2003), director of pupil personnel services (2005), assistant business manager (2008) and assistant superintendent for business and finance (2009). She became assistant superintendent for business and administration in the Plainedge School District in 2010, but returned to Levittown in 2014 as superintendent of schools.
During her tenure in Levittown, Dr. McDonald received the New York State Liberty Award, the Honorary Life Award by Division Avenue High School's PTSA, and was named Teacher of the Year by Division Avenue High School's National Honor Society. She was also an item writer for the New York State Global History and Geography Regents. While working as a teacher and administrator, Dr. McDonald further pursued her education at Hofstra University by earning a certificate of advanced study in administration and policy studies in 2000 and a Doctor of Education in educational policy leadership in 2013. In addition, she has served as an adjunct professor at Hofstra University and Dowling College and serves on dissertation committees at both schools.
Upon receiving the Distinguished Service Award, Dr. McDonald said, "I am truly humbled by this award and am extremely honored to contribute to the educational success of the Levittown School District's students each day."