New Suffolk Common School

The official website for the New Suffolk Common School.

Built in 1907, New Suffolk School educates children in New Suffolk from grades Pre-K through 6.  Within the school’s three classrooms, under the guidance of outstanding teachers, students study the general subjects of English Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science. Also offered through part-time teachers are enrichment classes in Physical Education, Music, Art and Drama. 

Our School

Built in 1907, New Suffolk School educates children in New Suffolk from grades Pre-K through 6.  Within the school’s three classrooms, under the guidance of three full-time teachers, students study the general subjects of English Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science.  Also offered through part-time teachers are enrichment classes in Physical Education, Music, Art and Drama. 

The Grade levels are split into three classrooms, as follows:  Pre-K – Grade 2, Grades 3-4 and Grades 5-6. One classroom also serves as an all-purpose room used for enrichment classes, lunch and recess when the weather is not fit for students to be outside.  Children take part in lessons for their particular grade level with teachers, and then work independently when teachers need to focus on another grade level in the classroom. Teachers may also conduct one lesson for all grade levels focusing on a theme, and then later assign age-appropriate individual projects based on the lesson.

Our Centennial Garden

We are proud of our three room schoolhouse; the innovative and thorough curriculum offered by our teachers and the extra attention and focus each student has the privilege to receive, attending classes in the small, close-knit environment our school has to offer.



Our Staff

Dr. Christopher Gallagher, Principal

Dr. Chris Gallagher spent 38 years in public education before coming to New Suffolk. He began his teaching career in Syracuse, and after eleven years began his administrative career. He had stops in Vestal, Waverly, Smithtown, and Southold, where held the positions of assistant principal, principal, curriculum director, associate superintendent, and superintendent as he moved up the career ladder.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Le Moyne College, a Master of Science degree in Education from Syracuse University, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from SUNY Oswego, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from Hofstra University.

He and his wife Catherine have been married for forty-seven years, and very much enjoy their five grandchildren.


Nicole Pollina, English Language Arts/Social Studies/Special Education

Nicole Pollina

Nicole Pollina

Mrs. Pollina joined New Suffolk School in the 2010-11 academic year as Special Education teacher and Teaching Assistant.  In 2011-12, due to the increasingly demanding standards of New York State, New Suffolk decided to create a third full-time classroom and Mrs. Pollina took over Grades 3-4.   

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in General and Special Education as well as a Master's in Literacy and Cognition, both from St. Joseph's College in Patchogue.  Prior to coming on board at New Suffolk School, Mrs. Pollina served as a Special Education Teacher at Just Kids Autistic Program.  She spent three years as Summer Special Education Teacher at Cutchogue East Elementary School and Special Education Teaching Assistant during the school year.  

Mrs. Pollina graduated from Mattituck High School and currently lives in Southold with her husband Joseph, daughter Alexa, and son Max. 


Sara Campbell, Teacher, Math, Science, Technology

Sara Campbell

Sara Campbell

 Mrs. Campbell is a second generation New Suffolk School teacher; her mother taught in the Primary classroom years ago!  She teaches Grades 5-6 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Boston University as well as a Master's of Science in Childhood Education from Dowling College.  Mrs. Campbell's certifications in New York State include Childhood Education 1-6, Early Childhood B-2 and Students with Disabilities 1-6.

Mrs. Campbell began her tenure at New Suffolk School in September 2009 as a temporary leave replacement and before that, a substitute teacher.  Her experience also includes substitute and student teaching positions at elementary schools in Mattituck-Cutchogue, Southold, Sachem, Hampton Bays and Rocky Point.

Mrs. Campbell is a North Fork native and a graduate of Mattituck High School.  She worked many years in her family landscape design, contracting and nursery business. She loves gardening and has a vast knowledge of local environmental /re-vegetation plantings.  She loves to support her own children with their sports endeavors, as she is a huge sports fan!  Mrs. Campbell currently resides in Cutchogue.


Martha Kennelly, Teacher

Ms. Kennelly joined New Suffolk in the fall of 1998 teaching in the primary classroom. She served as head teacher from 1999-2004 when she was offered a Teacher on Special Assignment position with the Mid East Suffolk Teacher Center. She helped support innovative teaching practices and successfully wrote grants for state and federal funding. Implementing those grants enabled her to engage with teachers and students in the classroom. 

Ms. Kennelly is permanently certified as a classroom teacher (N-6), art teacher, school district administrator, and school business administrator. She received a professional certificate for students with disabilities in 2014 as well as for Teaching Students of Other Languages (TESOL) in 2017. Her TESOL certification allows her to teach English Language Learners. She is a recipient of the prestigious Friends of Education Award bestowed by the Stony Brook University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International.

She resides in Mattituck and enjoys spending time with her new grandchild as well as hiking and walking with her Labrador, Kelly. 


Lisa Mauro, Teacher Aid

Mrs. Mauro is originally from Cutchogue and graduated from Mattituck High School. She attended St. Joseph's College where she received a Bachelor's Degree in both special education and general education. Mrs. Mauro also holds a Master's Degree from Long Island University Brentwood in Literacy.

Mrs. Mauro's experience includes working as a teaching assistant, special education teacher and early interventionist. After taking several years off to take care of her children, she now resides in Laurel with her husband Paul, son Brett and daughter Courtney.


Maria Gizzo, School Secretary

Before coming on board at New Suffolk School, Mrs. Gizzo served as the Teacher’s Aide and receptionist at Our Lady Queen of Apostles School in Center Moriches. After moving to the North Fork, Mrs. Gizzo and her husband opened Gianni's Italian Deli, in Southold, after which,she worked at North Fork Bank Operations in Mattituck.

Mrs. Gizzo’s community involvement includes raising awareness and fundraising for the Debra Foundation, and advocating for legistlation on insurance changes for people suffering from Epidermolysis Bullosa Simplex, a rare skin disease.

Mrs. Gizzo is married and the mother of two wonderful daughters. She loves cooking and working at New Suffolk School!  

She firmly believes in the statement "It takes a village to raise a child."


Che Sabalja, Art


Erin Mulrain, Physical Education



Joe Wiederman, IT Support

Mr. Wiederman is ecstatic about joining the New Suffolk Common School faculty at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. In addition to his background in technology which was acquired over many years of running a successful computer consulting company, he also maintains a professional certification in 7-12 social studies. This characteristic gives him a greater perspective of the importance of technology for both the educators professional growth and their students acquisition of content in the classroom.

Mr. Wiederman and his wife, Arline, live in Greenport where they raise their son, Robert and daughter Ellie. He is also currently serving as 1st Assistant Chief in the East Marion Fire Department.


Our School Board

Tony Dill

Joseph Polashock                          
Vice President                                               

Jana Prindle

Angela Kohl
Business Manager

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