The Board of Education has appointed Mike Stead as Chatham Middle School’s new assistant principal. No stranger to Chatham Central Schools, Mr. Stead has for the past two years served as Chatham’s instructional innovation coach, where he worked closely with faculty and students district-wide to find innovative ways to strengthen teaching and learning. In 2017-18 he was Mary E. Dardess Elementary School’s math academic intervention teacher, and previously taught fourth grade here for 13 years.
Stead holds NYS certifications as a School Building Leader and School District Leader, and earned a certificate of advanced study in educational leadership from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He completed his administrative internship at MED. He has a master’s in education from MCLA as well as a bachelor’s in education from SUNY Potsdam.
Stead will be in charge of student discipline and will also work to develop innovative instructional methods and data-driven best practices in the classroom, increase student engagement and family outreach, build upon school/community partnerships, provide professional development, and conduct staff evaluations.
“I’ve built a lot of positive relationships with the students and staff at CMS through my previous roles in the District, and I’m excited to now be working with them in a much more involved way. What I look forward to most is helping kids think things through, come up with solutions to their problems and overcome their challenges, and also working closely with our faculty to realize new ways we can help students be successful both academically and socially-emotionally.”
The Board appointed Stead in June, 2020 and he officially stepped into his assistant principal role this July. This new administrative position at CCSD was created to oversee a broad range of District initiatives, and replaced the Middle School’s dean of students position.