Please welcome Richard Sutton to the Chatham Central School District. Mr. Sutton is Mary E. Dardess Elementary School’s new assistant principal and comes to Chatham from the Hyde Park Central School District, where he worked as a reading teacher and as principal of their summer school program.
“I believe the partnership between the school and the home is crucial for every child’s development, so one of the things I’m really looking forward to is getting to meet our students and their families to see how I can be of help,” Sutton said.
Sutton holds NYS certifications as a School Building Leader and as a School District Leader. He has earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership from SUNY New Paltz and a master’s degree in Literacy (Birth to Grade 6) from The College of Saint Rose. He has twelve years’ experience teaching elementary school, working for the past 10 years as a reading teacher at Violet Avenue Elementary School in Hyde Park, where he helped struggling readers overcome their challenges. Before that, he taught 5th grade at Slingerlands Elementary School and 5th and 6th grades at St. Catherine’s Residential Day Treatment Center. While at Hyde Park, Sutton led a STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) summer camp called Camp Invention, as well as ran the school’s Summer Bridge program to help at-risk students avoid sliding backwards academically during the summer months. He served on the district’s Strategic Planning Committee and also worked as his school’s Digital Media Coordinator, maintaining the school website and providing news and public relations for the school community.
Sutton lives in Pleasant Valley with his wife, their two-year-old daughter, and their three dogs. They are expecting an addition to their family this summer with a son due in August! In his free time, Sutton likes to be outdoors; he’s an avid runner and has recently taken up gardening.
The Board of Education appointed Sutton to the assistant principal position on June 20th, 2017 and he began work at MED this July. His responsibilities include student discipline, curriculum development, supervision of teaching assistants, and staff evaluations. He also serves as the District’s homeschool coordinator. Sutton replaces outgoing assistant principal Michael Burns, who accepted the principal position at Chatham Middle School.