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Waverly appoints new principal at Elm Street Elementary School
Following an extensive search, the Waverly Board of Education appointed John Cheresnowsky as the new principal of Elm Street Elementary School at its April 20 meeting. Cheresnowsky, a fifth-grade teacher at Chemung School, will replace Elm Street Principal Anne Bernard, who will retire at the end of the school year. He will begin his new position on July 1.
"The district coordinated a state-wide search and was very pleased to have one of its own faculty advance to this leadership position," said Superintendent Dr. Randy Richards. "It's a compliment to our district that we can develop leaders of Mr. Cheresnowsky's caliber and have them continue their careers with the district and continue to provide leadership in a new capacity."
Cheresnowsky attended Penn State and Mansfield University, earning a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a master's degree in elementary education. He completed graduate studies at Elmira College and will complete his certification educational administration through the University of Scranton in January 2017.
Cheresnowksy started as a substitute teacher in the district in 2004. He served as a Family Student Advisor before entering the classroom as a fifth-grade teacher. A native of Sayre, Cheresnowsky and his wife live in Athens with their four children. He serves on the Athens Board of Education, is a Little League board member and coaches basketball.
"Our interview teams provided very positive feedback about the personal and professional qualities John will bring to his new position, noting that he has a passion for students, knows the curriculum, has experience in a positive school culture and a passion for leadership," said Richards.
According to Richards, Cheresnowsky is a proven faculty leader who has served on numerous district committees including curriculum planning and teacher evaluation development. He also facilitates the scoring of state assessments. In addition, Cheresnowsky has received scores of "highly effective" through the state teacher evaluation system and has show continuous growth that ranks among the best in the region.
"Mr. Cheresnowsky is a man of great integrity who possesses personal, professional and leadership skills with a history of demonstrated achievement," said Richards.
Cheresnowsky shared high praise for the members of his fifth-grade teaching team and the Waverly school community. "It will be a privilege to utilize my knowledge in curriculum and instruction and educational administration as the principal at Elm Street Elementary School. I hold the highest regard and respect for Waverly's administrative team and welcome working with them to uphold the district's mission to inspire, educate, learn, succeed and grow," he said.
Waverly appoints new principal at Lincoln Street Elementary School
Following a statewide search, the Waverly Board of Education appointed Colleen M. Hall as the new principal of Lincoln Street Elementary School at its April 20 meeting. Hall will replace long-time district administrator Diane Tymoski, who will retire at the end of the school year. Hall will begin in the district on July 1.
"Mrs. Hall is a well-regarded school improvement specialist with a deep and diverse background," said Superintendent Dr. Randy Richards. "She will bring an immense amount of experience and skill to her new position in Waverly."
Hall earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Susquehanna University and a master's degree in educational psychology from SUNY Albany. She also studied at Massachusetts College and holds permanent certification as a school district administrator.
She currently works as an educational consultant in the Hudson City School district. She began her career as a vocal music teacher in the Greenville School District, advancing to Middle School Assistant Principal then Principal and finally Director of Curriculum and Communications in the district. She also has worked as Director of School Improvement for Questar III BOCES and Educational Consultant for Catskill Central School District.
According to Richards, Hall has considerable leadership experience in school improvement initiatives, including implementing practices in Response to Intervention, Common Core Learning Standards, teacher evaluations, curriculum mapping and alignment and math and ELA curriculum.
"Of particular note for this position is her experience in staff development and parent education at the primary level, including hosting family nights to model strategies for parents to help their children with math and ELA homework as the new Common Core Learning Standards were introduced," said Richards. "She also has written several grants and school improvement plans. The breadth and depth of her experience and skill set is very impressive."
According to Richards, Hall is a native of Athens and is looking forward to returning to the area with her husband and two children. "She was pleased to be selected for the position and a move back to The Valley will allow her to enjoy her extended family while providing leadership in our school and community," said Richards.
"I have built my skills in leadership, curriculum and instruction, data-driven instruction, school community engagement and professional growth," said Hall. "But my greatest successes and satisfaction have occurred while working collaboratively with teachers, administrators and the community to truly impact the lives of children."