On Thursday, September 8, 2022, the Victor Central School District Board of Education appointed Laura Westerman as the new Assistant Principal for the Junior High School.
Westerman comes to VCS from the West Irondequoit (WI) School District where she has held numerous instructional and leadership roles. Most recently, she was the K-6 Lead Teacher for the Rogers Middle School. Prior to this, she was the Director of the WI Teaching Learning Center for two years. Westerman began her career in the classroom as a science teacher. From 2005 to 2021 she was the general science teacher for grades 7 and 8 at Dake Junior High School. From 2010 to 2019 she was also the Science Department Contact Teacher there. In addition, she spent a year at Irondequoit High School as a Living Environment Teacher.
Westerman’s teaching and leadership style has earned her numerous accolades through the years. In 2019 she was the recipient of the Beverly F. Engel Excellence in Education Award. In 2011 she was a finalist for the Rochester Area Colleges Center for Excellence in Math, Science, Excellence in STEM Teaching Award. Since 2015, Westerman has been a New York State Master Teacher, one of more than 1400 outstanding public-school teachers throughout the state who share a passion for their own STEM learning and for collaborating with colleagues to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders.
Westerman earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Science Education from Syracuse University. She earned her Master of Science in Teaching of Reading and Literacy 5-12 from SUNY Geneseo. This past summer, Westerman received her Advanced Certificate in Building and District Educational Leadership from University of Rochester.
VCS Superintendent, Dr. Tim Terranova said Westerman’s significant background teaching 7th and 8th graders (16 years) along with her rich experience overseeing the District Teaching Learning Center make her a unique candidate for the VCS leadership role at the Junior High School. “Laura’s current position as teacher on special assignment at a middle school level working directly with the principal, along with her skills in student management and master scheduling, are greatly needed in this position. I am thrilled that this exceptional leader will be joining the Victor family!” Terranova said.
Westerman, who will begin her job at the Junior High School on October 11, said she is excited to join the Victor leadership team. “I look forward to collaborating with the Victor Junior High School staff and building relationships with our students and families to support student growth and achievement,” she said.