I am excited that the Victor Board of Education chose me to be their next Superintendent. It is an unbelievable honor to be able to work with this Board and this community for the benefit of our children. Special thanks to Dennis Ford for his leadership during the past few months. I have enjoyed our conversations and am certain that he has set up this district for continued success moving forward.
As many of you know, I have spent over 27 years in the West Irondequoit School District. This work includes teacher assistant and teacher experience at the elementary level, curriculum leadership at the elementary level, building leadership as both an assistant principal at the high school and as principal at the junior high school, and, for the past nine years, district office leadership. Based on my experiences, I have a deep respect for the critical work that the staff does to ensure success for our children. I also have a deep appreciation for the role the community plays in supporting our school district.
When I am not learning from people at work, I am learning from my family. I am a son, husband and a father. I am lucky. I have a wonderful wife who married me 20 years ago and two teenage children, who give my wife and me lifelong lessons in working with adolescents. Parenting is the most rewarding, but also the toughest job we have! My role as a husband and father will continue to guide me as we work together to support all our children.
Since I was appointed on December 13th, I have spent many hours meeting with people, attending events, and sitting in on budgetary meetings. By far the most important theme that I have heard is the exceptional dedication, support and competence that our staff and community give the children of Victor every day. We know we have challenges moving forward. Rest assured, we will address these challenges transparently and collaboratively, because the strength of this school community is the people. This strength is what will ensure our success in the days, months and years to come.
I look forward to getting to know you in the weeks ahead. I will publicize an entry plan soon, which includes multiple stakeholder meetings where I can listen to your ideas and input and use this feedback to support our future planning. I also plan on communicating regularly with the Victor community to share our celebrations, articulate any challenges we have, and listen to your ideas. When you see me please introduce yourself as I love hearing your name and the story behind your involvement with Victor.
If you have questions or comments, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call my office. In addition, please follow me on Twitter at @VictorCSD_Super. Thanks again for the warm welcome. I look forward to our partnership as we work together to continue to make Victor Central School District an exemplary community to educate our youth.