Michael T. Carlson, the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at the Hampton Bays School District, will be awarded the Raymond R. Delaney Memorial Scholarship from the New York State Council of School Superintendents at the council’s annual Winter Leadership Summit in Albany in March. Carlson was nominated for the award by Superintendent of Schools Lars Clemensen.
“This award is a tremendous honor,” Carlson said. “I extend my appreciation to NYSCOSS, Mr. Clemensen, and LIU professor Dr. Tonie McDonald for their continued support. Receiving this award has provided me the chance to reflect and acknowledge the incredible opportunity that I have had to work within the Hampton Bays community, alongside a board of education, a leadership team, faculty and staff that never underestimates the positive impact that they can have on a child or family.”
The Raymond R. Delaney Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually by NYSCOSS in recognition of professional and academic credentials and the desire to serve in the field of educational administration.
“Through his commitment to equity, career pathways to graduation and high-quality instruction, [Carlson] personifies a transformational leader,” said Clemensen.
Carlson, of Wading River, has been in his current role at Hampton Bays for the past five years. After earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from SUNY Geneseo, he spent a year teaching in Midland, Texas, before returning to Long Island, where he served for 12 years as a high school and middle school mathematics teacher for the Port Jefferson School District. He went on to earn a master’s degree in liberal studies, as well as his school administration certification, from Stony Brook University. In 2009, Carlson joined the Hampton Bays School District as an assistant principal at the middle school and then served as the principal of East Moriches Middle School from 2013-2019. During his tenure as a middle school principal, he enrolled at the College of Saint Rose, where he completed his New York State School District Business Leader certification.
Carlson is currently pursuing a doctorate in transformational leadership from Long Island University and serves as an adjunct professor for the Center for Integrated Teacher Education in partnership with the College of Saint Rose, where he teaches aspiring administrators about school finance. His initial research within the doctoral program at LIU has involved studying the correlation between social economic status and academic achievement as well as identifying effective strategies to increase parental involvement in order to help mediate the impact that low socioeconomic status has on student success.
In addition to his NYSCOSS award, Carlson previously earned a SCOPE Administrator Service Award, had served as a New York Educator Voice Fellow, and was named to Who’s Who Among American Teachers.