MONTROSE, N.Y. -- The Hendrick Hudson School Board appointed Dr. Margaret Ruller as executive director of curriculum and instruction at its meeting on Tuesday.
She will assume her new leadership role on Wednesday, July 1.
Ruller, currently the director of curriculum and instruction in the Clarkstown Schools, is an experienced educator, having worked as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and district curriculum supervisor in her 20-plus years in education. Prior to her years in education, Ruller worked in the private sector for a financial services firm in midtown Manhattan.
Initially Ruller had a pre-screening interview with Superintendent Joe Hochreiter and Director of Technology Dr. Mathew Swerdloff, followed by a larger committee interview of 23 people.
Ruller was impressed by the commitment of the interview committee and their comprehensive questions. She praised this committee, stating the depth of the professional conversation solidified her desire to be part of the Hen Hud community.
“I am excited to work with Margaret," Hochreiter said. "Her experiences and commitment to building strong, sustainable professional development opportunities will be an asset and help move our organization forward.”
Ruller commented on her new opportunity.
“Uppermost in my mind is the fact that this journey belongs to the student,” she said. “How can we work together to make that journey as engaging and meaningful an experience as possible so that all kids reach their potential?”
“I will be spending quite a few days in district in the month of June to make the transition as smooth as possible," said Ruller. "I anticipate meeting with our leadership team, including teacher leadership groups, and visiting schools before I officially begin on July 1.”
Ruller earned her bachelor’s in business administration from Marymount Manhattan and her Master’s in elementary education from the Long Island University.
She holds a certificate of advanced studies-administration from Teachers College and, in March 2013, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation at Manhattanville College. She has been instrumental in leading district and building-level initiatives focused on school improvement and teacher leadership, all with a focus on increased student achievement.
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