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Family Reflects on Move to Eastchester

It can be difficult to choose the best school for your child. But when Michael and Denine Timlin moved their family to Eastchester in the spring of 2021, they said that decision became a whole lot easier. 

After sending their children to private schools—including Thornton Donovan in New Rochelle and Immaculate Conception in Tuckahoe, the Timlins opted to enroll their sons, Christopher and Timmy, in Eastchester’s public schools upon relocating to the town from Mount Vernon. 

Now, as her two boys start their second year in Eastchester schools—with Christopher at Eastchester Middle School and Timmy at Greenvale—Denine said that it is a choice that she is glad they made.

Timlin said that Eastchester’s schools seemed to address some of the concerns that prompted her to use private schools in the past. 

“The security of the schools was definitely one of our top priorities and the ratings were high academically,” she said. “Both of our sons are involved in athletics and so we looked at the sports offerings as well, which was also important.”

Timlin noted that the transition from private to public school was a smooth one for her sons, both academically and socially. Playing sports on both interscholastic and youth teams in Eastchester has played a critical role in helping her children feel welcomed by their classmates. 

Christopher, now in eighth grade, has played on Eastchester’s modified football and baseball teams, while his younger brother participates in the town’s Little League and youth soccer programs.

“Both of our sons adjusted really well,” she said. “Christopher, who came in as a seventh grader, had already played in the Eastchester Little League, which made his transition very easy; and Timmy was in third grade and at that age, they’re young enough to adjust.”

As her sons flourished at school, Denine began to find her place in Eastchester as well. 

Serving as the Secretary for both the Middle School and Greenvale PTAs and serving on the Eagles Sports Club and Eastchester Little League Boards, Timlin said she has gotten to see first-hand how supportive the community is of its public schools. 

“Eastchester as a whole is so welcoming; it seems like local businesses are always willing to assist and donate money to Eastchester programs and in return. the Eastchester community supports the local businesses,” she said. “The people in the community make it a point to shop at the local mom-and-pop shops as opposed to the big box stores which makes Eastchester a wonderful community to raise your family.”

Now, as her children look ahead to another year of personal and academic growth, Timlin remains enthusiastic about both her family’s decision and the future of Eastchester Schools. 

“I would say that the District’s vision is focused and people communicate well,” she said. “We’re really happy here, and I can’t think of too many things that I would change.”