The Board of Education has appointed Justin Forrest as assistant principal at Chatham High School. Mr. Forrest is a familiar face at Chatham, having been with the District since 2005. During his time here as a high school science teacher, Grade 7-12 Science Department Teacher Leader, and soccer coach, he has built a strong rapport with both students and faculty.
Forrest holds NYS certification as a School Building Leader and earned a certificate of advanced study in educational leadership from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He has a master’s in education with a concentration in instructional technology as well as a bachelor’s in geology, both from SUNY Potsdam. Prior to coming to Chatham he taught two years of high school science in North Carolina
While he comes from a family that has produced a lot of teachers, Forrest says what inspired him to work in education the most was his fifth grade teacher. “He made going to school fun,” Forrest said, adding that what drove his decision to move from teaching into administration was that same desire to reach students, just more than those that he saw within the four walls of his classroom. “I love working with kids and want to play a larger role in creating a climate where our students can feel engaged, want to come to school, and have as fulfilling an experience here as possible,” he said.
The Board officially appointed Forrest as assistant principal on August 27, 2019. His responsibilities include student discipline and professional development, and he also serves as the District’s teacher leader coordinator and home tutoring liaison, among other duties. He replaces outgoing assistant principal Eric Papandrea, who accepted a principal position with the Hoosic Valley Central School District.