On Thursday, June 10, 2021, the Victor Central School District Board of Education appointed Penfield resident Karen Finter as the District’s new Director of Math and Science effective July 12, 2021.
Finter comes to VCS from the West Irondequoit School District where she spent the past seven years as the Director of Instruction for grades 7 – 12. In this role, Finter was responsible for curriculum and assessment development as well as instructional oversight in all academic areas. Before this, she spent three years as the Grades 7-12 Science Supervisor in West Irondequoit and seven years as the Teaching/Learning Center Director of K-12 teacher professional development. In addition to district leadership roles, Finter spent eight years as a science teacher at both the junior high and high school levels. She is also an adjunct professor at both Nazareth College and SUNY Oswego.
Two of Finter’s major accomplishments in West Irondequoit include helping to lead a complete revision of the K-12 curriculum development process, and playing a major role in leading one-to-one technology integration while also being a leader in the Monroe County Digital Consortium. Finter said she looks forward to sharing her experience with the Victor school community.
“I am thrilled to be joining the VCS family. I believe that science and mathematics instruction should ignite curiosity, wonder, and critical thinking for all of our students and I can't wait to dive into the work! I also look forward to meeting and working alongside faculty, staff, and members of the community so that we can build upon the rich tradition of academic excellence in Victor,” Finter said.
VCS Superintendent, Dr. Tim Terranova said we are lucky to have someone of Mrs. Finter's experience, expertise and collaborative spirit leading our mathematics and science departments. “She is an advocate for all children and a believer in the power of teaching and will fit in well with our outstanding faculty and staff." he said.
Finter earned her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master's Degree in Biology Education from SUNY Geneseo. She also holds certification in Educational Leadership from SUNY Oswego.