Claremont Elementary


"All Are Welcome Here" 

September, 2018

Dear Claremont Families, 

Welcome to Claremont, a place where all students experience the joy of learning learning to read and reading to learn! I am very excited to see our 4th grade students and their families again and to greet our new 3rd graders and their families.  This summer I read a wonderful picture book by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman called "All Are Welcome."  I will visit each class over the first few days of school to read this story to students.  My favorite passage is at the heart of my philosophy as an educator:

We're part of a community

Our strength is our diversity

A shelter from adversity

All are welcome here


As a way to get to know each other better, let me share a little about myself.  I began my career as a musician, performing and recording with a chamber orchestra in New York City.  Although I truly loved this experience, I decided to follow my passion, and I returned to graduate school to become a teacher.  After teaching music and theater for fifteen years, I joined the administrative team in Ossining as the Director of Cultural Arts. I am a true believer in educating the "whole child" which ensures that children learn not only reading, mathematics, science and social studies, but also the arts and athletics.  I moved into an Assistant Principal role at Anne M. Dorner Middle School where I supervised English Language Arts and Social Studies, before being named Principal of Claremont in 2013.  I LOVE Claremont!  3rd and 4th Grade students are the most inquisitive, eager and creative children.  On a personal note, my husband and I have two children: an 18 year old daughter, who we just dropped off for her Freshman year in college,  and a 13 year old son.  I always try to bring my perspective as a parent to my work as an educator.

I am looking foward to meeting each of you and hearing your stories.  Please know that I can be reached via email: or phone (914) 762-5830, ext 4301. Throughout the year there will be many opportunities to get together:  Open House, Back to School Nights, Classroom celebrations, Principal's Coffees, Curriculum Nights, and social events, such as our Claremont Family Picnic.  Be sure to sign up for Oblast communications, since I send a weekly newsletter to families about our curriculum, upcoming events, and resources to support your children. Working as partners with our administrative team, teachers, staff, families and students is a perfect way to ensure that all Claremont students learn and grow in a happy, productive, safe environment.  

Best wishes for a wonderful start to the 2018-2019 school year.

~Kate Mathews