Principal's Bio



Jennifer M. Lagnado is the Principal at Lawrence High School located in Nassau County, Long Island. She holds a B.S. in Plant Science and an M.A.T. both from Cornell University and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Lagnado has been an educator in the New York State public school system for 19 years and holds NYS certification in School District Administration and teacher certification in Chemistry 7-12, Biology 7-12, and Earth Science 7-12.


In addition to her administrative experience, Dr. Lagnado also has extensive experience and expertise on project-based science programs. Dr. Lagnado’s students have won numerous awards in national competitions such as the Intel Science Talent Search and the Discovery Channel Young Science Challenge. One of Dr. Lagnado’s most notable accomplishments was her student receiving 3rd place in the world at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. Her published doctoral dissertation titled “Students Perceptions of the Nature of Science (NOS) and Process of Science Through a Project-Based Science Program” examines the merits of research-based curriculum reform. Some of Dr. Lagnado’s career awards include The Pathfinder’s Award from the New York State Association of Women in Administration, Who’s Who Among American Teachers, National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teachers, and nomination by the National Society of High School Students for Excellence in Teaching.


Dr. Lagnado is the President of the Long Island Council of Administrative Women in Education, a subsidiary of the New York State Association of Women in Administration, whose mission is to relentlessly pursue gender balanced leadership, and to champion equity and diversity in education.


Dr. Lagnado is also a volunteer for the New York Junior League and is the Co-Chair of the Jr. Junior League committee which provides children with a comprehensive curriculum that teaches the principles of philanthropy and promotes family volunteerism. In addition, Dr. Lagnado was previously the Vice-Chair of the Nonprofit Boards Clearinghouse committee in which volunteers are trained to hold board member positions of nonprofit organizations.