Curriculum and Instruction
Director of Instructional Service and Personnel
(585)786-8000 ext. 1145
Hats off to a New Year!
I’ve said it before and I will say it again - one of the best parts of working professionally as an educator is that there are natural times in the schedule of “school” to refresh and restart. The beginning of January is one of those times. Back to school from winter recess - the feeling of both school buildings is a bit like the first day of school in September all over again. Teachers, students and staff alike are rested and ready to challenge new teaching and learning with a renewed energy and confidence.
This year, perhaps more than ever, the start of 2020 is bringing with it lots of new. As the Capital Project rolls along, there are a few more new offices and classroom spaces ready to use. If you are the type of person that thinks a new box of crayons is pretty awesome - imagine the excitement of finally setting files and binders in a brand new office space! And, with the new physical spaces, comes some juggling of professional hats as well.
For the remainder of the school year, I will no longer be working as the Elementary School Principal, but rather returning to a position I held a number of years ago. As the Interim Director of Instructional Services, my primary responsibilities will be to work with our instructional staff to enhance teaching and learning. Just a few short weeks in this new position, we have already started to take a deep dive into our math curriculum. There has been time dedicated to working with teachers, UPK-8, to ensure alignment and consistency with mathematical concepts, tools and strategies. In addition to this early work - there are also plans to review writing - also aligning our instruction with New York State’s, Next Generation Learning Standards, as well as vertically across grade levels.
For me, the biggest change is that rather than working directly with students in the Elementary School, I will now work in the District Office. My focus will be on supporting the professional development goals of teachers, working closely with our technology department and probationary staff, as well as staying on top of current events and initiatives as they are shared from the New York State Department of Education. Don’t get me wrong, from time to time, I still find it a top priority to sneak back to the Elementary School for some little people hugs.
I recently ran across a quote by author Andrea Davis Pinkney. Pinkney shared, “One of the challenges of wearing so many hats, is that I love each and every one of them!” To say Pinkney took the words right out of my mouth is an understatement. Whether wearing the hat of a classroom teacher, principal or district administrator, I continue to learn as well as be provided with many wonderful and unique opportunities to give back to the people, school and community which I am proud to call my home away from home. Wishing you all the very best 2020 has to offer. Hats off to a New Year!