New face

MORRISONVILLE - There's a new principal at Morrisonville Elementary School, but she's hardly a stranger to the Saranac Central School District.

Kathleen Moore, a 14-year employee with the district, assumed the principalship at the school following the retirement of previous principal Bradley J. Ott in June. Moore previously served as principal of Dannemora and Cadyville elementary schools, until their closure in 2006. At that time, Moore took on the role of director of special education, a position she retains today with her new duties at Morrisonville Elementary.

"I was, quite frankly, thrilled, excited, elated, very happy to be given the opportunity to return to an elementary principalship," said Moore. "I'm very excited to be back in a building where there are young children. I'm happy to be back."

Moore began her teaching career by attending the State University of New York at Potsdam, where she received her bachelor's degree in art and early childhood education and later her master's degree in reading as reading specialist. Along her academic path, she also received teacher certification through St. Lawrence University and her master's in education administration. She came to the district in 1996 from St. Mary's Parochial School in Canton.

Moore said she plans to continue the academic success of the school which gained recognition last year from the Supporting Successful Strategies to Achieve Improved Results Project - a state-level program also known as S3TAIR. The program recognized Morrisonville Elementary for being a standout learning institution which has implemented and sustained curriculum that aids students with disabilities.

"My goal at this point is to take what has been focused on and work with all staff members in the building to share information, review current data and make decisions to continue to move forward in our educational process here," said Moore.

Moore said the plans to work collaboratively with teaching staff to focus on English/Language Arts this year and from there, "branch out and work on the other content areas as well."

"Certainly, there has already been some very solid work done," she said.

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