Bios of Administration

Principal Dr. Polson


Dr. Bilal Polson, since December 2007, served the students and families of Northern Parkway Elementary School in Uniondale, NY, as assistant principal and currently as principal, commencing July 1, 2016. Upon graduation from the prestigious LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, Bilal received his undergraduate degree from New York University. He studied Movement Therapy at the University of California, Los Angeles and holds degrees from Adelphi University in education and in educational administration from Hofstra University. Principal Polson received his doctoral degree in educational leadership at Hofstra University in May 2013. Dr. Polson consistently presents at local and national conferences and is the co-author of a number of peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Bilal is the co-editor of Toward Culturally Sustaining Teaching: Early Childhood Educators Honor Children with Practices for Equity and Change (NCTE/Routledge 2020). He enjoys living in Bay Shore, NY with his wife Patty and sons, Aliasha and Malachi.


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Dr. Sheilah Jefferson-Isaac is currently serving as an assistant principal at Northern Parkway Elementary School in Uniondale, New York. With over thirty years as a professional educator, her guiding educational philosophy has always been to empower students to become independent, creative, confident, and critical thinkers. Her doctoral work focused on increasing the mathematical potential of those traditionally underrepresented in mathematically related fields. Dr. Jefferson-Isaac’s favorite motto and Twitter hashtag, #learningisjoyful, reminds us that school should be filled with joyful learning experiences.


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Mrs. Janel Coles is a newly appointed  Assistant Principal, as of  September 2021-2022  at Northern Parkway School. 

Mrs. Coles holds an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership from Stony Brook University, a Master of Science Degree in Education/Special Education- Childhood Grade 1 - Grade 6, from Touro College, and Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Excelsior College.  She also holds professional educator certifications in Early Childhood Education Birth- Grade 2 , Childhood Education Grades 1-6, Students with Disabilities Birth - Grade 2, Students with Disabilities Grades 1- 6, and a bilingual extension certificate in Spanish.

Mrs. Coles joined the NPS family  in 2008 as a Substitute Teacher. In 2010, she became a  classroom teacher,  then went on to become a bilingual classroom teacher, teacher leader, and now an educational leader at Northern Parkway School.  

During her tenure at Northern Parkway School, Mrs. Coles has worked closely with students, staff, parents and community members on school-wide and district-wide initiatives aimed at building strong relationships and promoting unity and equity within the school and local community. Mrs. Coles’ vision is to serve the NPS Family by building trust and establishing positive relationships with all stakeholders, to support the success of all students.



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