Katonah-Lewisboro’s Interim Superintendent of Schools Michael Jumper will recommend Jessica Godin, now a principal in Colorado but with roots in New York, be appointed principal of Katonah Elementary. Below is the announcement from the district:
Katonah Elementary School Principal Recommended
(South Salem, N.Y.) Interim Superintendent of Schools, Michael Jumper, announced today that he plans to recommend that the Board of Education appoint Ms. Jessica Godin to the position of Principal of Katonah Elementary School when it meets on Thursday, April 7, 2011. Mr. Jumper noted that Ms. Godin was one of 132 candidates who applied for the position. Ms. Godin completed a rigorous selection process including an interview with the Advisory Search Committee comprised of teachers, parents, support staff and administrators.
Currently, Ms. Godin serves as the PreK-8 Principal in the Cheyenne Wells School District in Colorado. She began her career in education as an English teacher in Shoreham-Wading River on Long Island, where she taught for six years. After relocating to Colorado, Ms. Godin taught English and served as a Teacher Leader in the Durango Schools. Ms. Godin’s vision as the new principal of Katonah Elementary School is to lead in a sensitive and caring manner while validating excellent instruction, inviting reflection, fostering professional conversations with staff, and engaging open communication with parents, students and the Katonah community.
“We are excited to have attracted such a highly qualified, dynamic and progressive candidate for this important leadership position. Ms. Godin brings with her a broad range of skills and experiences that will serve the Katonah Elementary School community well,” noted Mr. Jumper.
Ms. Godin is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Education and her Master of Arts degree in Liberal Arts. She earned her Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in School Administration at the University of Northern Colorado.
Ms. Godin will begin her assignment at Katonah Elementary School on July 1, 2011.
The Katonah-Lewisboro Union Free School District, a nationally recognized high performing school district, serves approximately 4,000 pupils in six schools: Increase Miller Elementary School Grades K-5, Katonah Elementary School Grades K-5, Lewisboro Elementary School Grades K-5, Meadow Pond Elementary School Grades K-5, John Jay Middle School Grades 6-8 and John Jay High School Grades 9-12.