Bryan Miltenberg, the new principal at Aquebogue Elementary School, with his wife Erin and daughter Quinn at the May 28 school board meeting. Photo: Maria Piedrabuena

The Riverhead school district has hired a new principal for Aquebogue Elementary School to succeed Phil Kent, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

Bryan Miltenberg of West Sayville was appointed to the post by the board of education Tuesday night.

Miltenberg, 33, is currently the assistant principal at Islip Middle School, a job he’s held since September 2017. Prior to that, he served as middle school dean at Scholars’ Academy in Rockaway, Queens, an accelerated college preparatory school in the NYC public school system. During five years at Scholars Academy, he also worked as peer collaborative/lead teacher for humanities, professional learning team leader, seventh-grade team leader and seventh-grade humanities teacher, according to the Islip school district website. Miltenberg began his career as an educator at Wantagh High School, where he was an English teacher.

Miltenberg earned his bachelor’s degree in American studies from Columbia University, his master’s degree in adolescent English education from Queens College and his school building leader certification from the College of Saint Rose’s Center for Integrated Teacher Education.

The new principal attended the school board meeting Tuesday with his wife Erin Miltenberg and 2-month-old daughter Quinn.

Superintendent Dr. Aurelia Henriquez congratulated Miltenberg and asked him to “stand up and wave to the community.” She welcomed him to “the Riverhead family.”

“Thank you very much and I look forward to it,” Miltenberg responded after being introduced.

Miltenberg’s appointment to the post commences Aug. 5. He will be paid an annual salary of $146,503, according to the board of education May 28 meeting agenda.

Miltenberg replaces a much-beloved building principal in Kent, whose retirement is effective Aug. 30. Kent has been principal at Aquebogue for 16 years. He is retiring after a 31-year career in education, 25 of them in the Riverhead school system, where he started as a third grade teacher at Phillips Avenue Elementary School.

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