Patricia McMahon named principal
of Henrietta G. Lewis Campus School


Patricia McMahon has been named principal of the Henrietta G. Lewis Campus School in Lockport.
            The school, a program of New Directions Youth and Family Services, serves youth from Wyndham Lawn Home for Children as well as day students from surrounding communities.
            From 2001-2002, Mrs. McMahon served her school counseling internship at Starpoint High School, and from 1998-1999 served her social work internship at Lockport Opportunities Unlimited High School.
            She attended Niagara University, receiving her bachelor’s degree in social work in 1999; her master’s in education, school counseling in 2002, and her certification as a school building leader in 2008. She is permanently certified in school counseling.
            Mrs. McMahon has experience in many capacities working with youth with emotional and behavioral problems.
            Five years ago, she joined New Directions as a youth counselor, working with teen boys in Mecorney Cottage at Wyndham Lawn. She created a life skills program for the residential setting and worked with youth after school on skills such as money management and cooking.
            From there, Mrs. McMahon moved to the Henrietta G. Lewis Campus School, where she served in the roles of career and finance teacher and life skills coordinator for three years. She formulated a comprehensive life skills program for students and managed student work programs. She also worked as school counselor for 6-12 grades for residential and day students.
            For a year she worked as guidance counselor and became interim principal in June.
            Programming at the Campus School has expanded in the past year to include Spanish, music and computer classes. One of Mrs. McMahon’s ideas for the future is to expand vocational education in the areas of woodworking, culinary arts and landscaping. For example, students might learn to run machines and build a product from wood, giving them a marketable skill. In order to measure and be able to follow written instructions, students would have to use knowledge from their academic classes, such as math, English and science. Students would also have real-life experience in the business aspects, such as billing customers, keeping books and paying taxes.
            “I’m looking forward to a new challenge,” Mrs. McMahon said. “I’ve got good people working with me—That’s what makes this such a good place to work.
            “I thank New Directions for the support they’ve given me. To be able to manage family, school and work is not easy. They’ve been very supportive of that.”
            In addition to providing some tuition assistance, the agency offered the opportunity to take on new challenges, she said.
            She lives with her husband, Mike, in Getzville, and has a stepson, Mike, 16; stepdaughter, Haley, 12, and son, Alex, 2 ½. They own horses that are stabled at a friend’s house and enjoy camping and boating.