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Message from our Principal

It is my honor to introduce myself as Linda O'Shaughnessy, the principal of P.S. 88Q.  There is not one time that the words " I am the principal of PS 88Q" don't humble me.  I hold many titles; mother, teacher, wife, daughter, sister and principal of which I hold each sacred and important.  
I am a born and bred Brooklynite, and a product of the NYC Public School system.  My years at PS 199K, Hudde JHS, and Edward R. Murrow High School immersed me in a diverse, rigorous and inclusive environment.  I began teaching in 1993 in Brooklyn, ranging from 2nd grade to 6th/7th grade.  Fate brought me to Queens (District 27) in 2007.  I loved my years at PS 97Q, but when leadership called, I answered.  After three years as an Assistant Principal at Mosaic Pre-K Centers @ District 24, I was offered the principalship at PS 88Q in August of 2018.  My initial reaction, "I'm Home."  
I am beginning my fourth year at P.S. 88Q and am excited for what this year will bring.  Over the past three school years, our school, our community, and our world has changed drastically.  What we knew to be true, open school doors, classrooms full with inquisitive minds and inspiring staff, school buses dropping off our precious students, changed overnight.  What had never been done before, a shutdown of all NYC Public Schools took place, and on a moments notice P.S. 88Q moved into the virtual world.  Our staff, our families and our students were and continue to be amazing in a time of uncertainty.  This was only possible because of the trust in our community.  With the presence of the pandemic, our priority shifted to immediately safety and health concerns.  I am eternally grateful for the work done during the past 19 months.  Once we changed the venue, we focused on instruction, both academically and social emotional.  There is no substitute for in person learning, but our staff went above and beyond to close that gap.  This was only possible due to our families and their dedication, patience, trust and ability and resilience.
As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, the pandemic and its effects are still very much real.  This historical time, is one that will forever change our students lives as well as ours, but together, we will make sure it is for the best!  I look forward to seeing all of our students return for the 2021-2022 school year, which will be a true HOMECOMING!