Education Director


For Immediate Release: 

People in the News – Carole McDonald – New Education Director of Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society 

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Carole McDonald has joined the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society as its new Education Director, taking over from the outgoing director Maria Vlahos.  Beginning this March, Carole will be conducting tours at the historic Sands-Willets House as well working to expand the Society’s outreach to all schools and civic groups in the region.  Carole is delighted to join the Historical society and states "I vividly remember standing in the hearth kitchen next to a woman dressed in colonial garb. I couldn't have been more than 8, as I recall. And now I am that woman, making new memories for all the children who join me in our historic house-museum. I couldn't be more thrilled!"

Carole is a product of Port Washington Public Schools and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech, Theater and Communications from Marymount College of Fordham University in Tarrytown, New York.  Before leaving New York in the early 1990s, Carole appeared on the CBS daytime drama “As the World Turns” and worked at WPIX-TV Channel 11 as the Engineering Division Office Manager.

A mother of three boys, Carole has years of experience in media, communications and the performing arts as well as having worn countless hats in the childhood education field.  Carole ran her own daycare operation and later enjoyed substitute teaching as well as volunteering in many PTA positions in the area of Maryland where she had lived in since 1992.  

Returning to her hometown is a “dream come true” for Carole.  “Throughout my whole life I have been proud to always call Port Washington my home.  I strongly credit the education that I received here as being the springboard for my successful career in media as well as the charge I felt as a parent to make sure that my children were both challenged and strove to achieve success in their scholastic careers.”    In her youth, Carole was very active with the Port Washington Play Troupe and received the North Shore Community Arts Center Drama Award in 1985 upon her graduation from Paul D. Schreiber High School.  “I also feel that my extensive background in performing will greatly enable me to engage my visitors by both entertaining them as well as informing them about the rich history of this area of Long Island”.

The Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society is dedicated to engaging people of all ages in programs that highlight the lifestyles of the people and families that lived and worked on the peninsula throughout the years.  If you are interested in finding out about the tours that Carole can offer to your child’s classroom, school or community group, please contact her at carole@cowneck.org, or (516) 365-9074. 

For more information about the Society, please visit their website at www.cowneck.org , or facebook page www.facebook.com/cnphs or call 516-365-9074.  Carole and everyone at your town’s historical society are eager to “welcome everyone home”.

[photograph of Carole courtesy Tab Hauser]



The Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society
336 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington, NY 11050-4530
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