O’Rourke Named Special Ed Director


Dr. Aileen O’Rourke, the principal of East Islip’s John F. Kennedy Elementary school for almost a dozen years, is now the director of special education/pupil personnel services and Committee for Special Education for the district.

A New York City native, O’Rourke earned her bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education and master’s degree in elementary education at the City University of New York at Queens College, a professional diploma in school leadership and administration from CUNY Brooklyn, and her doctorate in 2015 from St. John’s University.

She began her teaching career in 1991 with the New York City Department of Education, and was named an assistant principal at Brooklyn’s P.S. 202 in 1998.  After moving to Long Island with her family in 2003, O’Rourke served as an administrator at Washington Drive Primary School in the Harborfields School District before taking over at JFK in 2005.

“It was a privilege to serve as principal at JFK for so many years,” said O’Rourke. “My time there was truly rewarding and I was lucky to have worked with an amazing group of students, staff and parents. My new position presents a wonderful opportunity to continue to advocate for and support the children of East Islip in a diverse capacity. I eagerly look forward to working with our dedicated team of educators to continue to make East Islip great.”